Statewide Smoking Ban Stalls

Casper, WY – An effort to create a statewide ban on smoking in Wyoming restaurants seems to have stalled. The legislature's health committee discussed the issue at a meeting in Casper and decided not to support a bill that could have limited where people can smoke. That means the only way such a bill could come up during the legislative session is if an individual lawmaker sponsors it. Representative John Hastert brought the proposal to the committee, but says he won't sponsor a bill on his own. The committee did discuss the idea of giving counties the ability to pass smoking bans because only cities can pass such laws now.