an effort to curb smoking in public, Oklahoma state lawmakers are
pushing legislation in the House and Senate that would keep smokers
from lighting up, according to local media.
of the measures, written by Senate leader Cal Hobson, D-Lexington,
would eliminate smoking in restaurants and most other public places.
SJR21, the Legislature can enact the measure without being required
to send the issue before the public in a general election, The
places where smoking is banned are defined in the resolution as
“any enclosed indoor area where individuals other than employees
are invited or permitted.”
permits smoking in standalone bars and in cigar bars.
written by Sen. Ben Robinson, D-Muskogee, also restricts smoking
in public places.
written by Rep. Ray Vaughn, R-Edmond, calls for a statewide election
on a constitutional amendment to restrict smoking. It also would
ban smoking in most indoor areas.
would include “stand-alone” bars and taverns, private clubs, retail
tobacco stores and private offices occupied exclusively by smokers.