TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Senate Judiciary Committee delayed its scheduled Monday vote on the smoking ban bill because two members were absent.
Chairman John Vratil said he plans to call the bill up for a vote Wednesday, when all committee members are scheduled to be there. The committee vote is expected to be close after the committee reworked it last week.
When introduced, the bill banned smoking in virtually all public areas, including restaurants, bars and casinos, and workplaces, subject to a Nov. 4 vote in each county.
On Friday, the committee voted to exempt several areas including bars, casinos, cigar bars, designated smoking areas at adult care homes, tobacco shops and private clubs.
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