TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Senate Judiciary Committee heard from
those favoring a statewide smoking ban.
Committee Chairman John Vratil said Tuesday the committee will vote on the bill next week and he expected it would be endorsed by his panel. Opponents will testify Wednesday.
The bill bans smoking in most public places, including workplaces, restaurants, bars and casinos. It requires each county to put on the November ballot the question of whether voters want their county exempted from the law.
Some supporters urged removing the county option provision, but sponsors said that's the only way the bill has any chance of
passage in the Legislature.