Statewide Smoking Ban May Be Reignited

A statewide smoking ban that went up in smoke in the Legislature last year will likely be reignited when Democrats take control of the Assembly.

Opposition to the ban last year came mostly from the powerful Tavern League lobby, but the Republicans who controlled the Assembly didn't push much to get it passed.

Supporters are hoping for more success with both chambers now controlled by Democrats.

Also in the past eight months, five more Wisconsin communities and Dane County have passed their own smoking bans.

American Cancer Society lobbyist Eric Schutt says he believes there's now enough votes in the Legislature to pass the ban.

The bill's sponsor, Senator Fred Risser of Madison, says he's working on a new version he hopes will pass early in the session


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