Our topic tonight on Kentucky Tonight will be the legislation sponsored by Rep. Susan Westrom that would ban smoking in all indoor workplaces with at least one employee, including restaurants, bars, and private clubs. If this legislation passes the state House, Senate, and is signed into law by Governor Steve Beshear, Kentucky would join a few other states with a state-wide smoking ban.
Scheduled guests are State Rep. Susan Westrom, D-Lexington; State Rep. Jim DeCesare, R-Bowling Green; Amy Barkley, an advocacy director with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids; and Jim Waters, vice president of policy and communications with the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions.
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We will also discuss another anti-smoking bill filed by House Speaker Greg Stumbo. He wants to ban smoking in cars with children in the automobiles. Stumbo’s proposal would not allow a person to smoke “cigars, cigarettes, or tobacco in any form” in a vehicle carrying a child. It proposes a fine of $25 for the first offense and $50 for each subsequent offense.