statewide smoking ban http://wfpl.org en Chances For a Kentucky Statewide Smoking Ban Are Slim http://wfpl.org/post/chances-kentucky-statewide-smoking-ban-are-slim <p>FRANKFORT — Chances that a smoking ban will pass in Kentucky this year are growing ever more slim.</p><p>Each year, about 1,000&nbsp;Kentuckians die from illnesses related to second-hand smoke, but the Kentucky legislature hasn't come close to passing a ban on smoking in public places and many private businesses.</p><p>Last week, state Rep. Susan Westrom, a Lexington Democrat, <a href="/post/bill-sponsor-tobacco-lobby-influencing-kentucky-statewide-smoking-ban-progress">declared her ban </a>proposal&nbsp;dead after House leadership refused to bring it for a vote on the floor.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 22:38:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8854 at http://wfpl.org Chances For a Kentucky Statewide Smoking Ban Are Slim Kentucky Statewide Smoking Ban Push Stopped by Democratic House Leaders, Bill Sponsor Says http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-statewide-smoking-ban-push-stopped-democratic-house-leaders-bill-sponsor-says <p>FRANKFORT — The sponsor of a bill that would ban smoking in public places and some private businesses in Kentucky says House Democratic leadership has killed the measure.</p><p class="c2"><span class="c0">Democratic Rep. Susan Westrom of Lexington, says a combination of pressure from lobbying groups and political concerns of colleagues with tobacco farms in their districts were behind the bill's failure.</span></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 12:07:45 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8800 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Statewide Smoking Ban Push Stopped by Democratic House Leaders, Bill Sponsor Says Bill Sponsor: Tobacco Lobby Influencing Kentucky Statewide Smoking Ban Progress http://wfpl.org/post/bill-sponsor-tobacco-lobby-influencing-kentucky-statewide-smoking-ban-progress <p>FRANKFORT—Tobacco companies have spent nearly $70,000 in the first month of the 2014 General Assembly, according to lobbying data from the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission</p><p>And the sponsor of a bill that would<a href="/term/statewide-smoking-ban"> ban smoking statewide in Kentucky public places and some private businesses </a>thinks that that money is working to keep her bill in limbo.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 02 Mar 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8744 at http://wfpl.org Bill Sponsor: Tobacco Lobby Influencing Kentucky Statewide Smoking Ban Progress Kentucky Statewide Smoking Ban an 'Uphill Battle,' House Speaker Greg Stumbo Says http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-statewide-smoking-ban-uphill-battle-house-speaker-greg-stumbo-says <p>FRANKFORT — Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo says that mustering legislative support for a bill that would ban smoking in private businesses and public areas is “an uphill battle.”</p><p>Stumbo, a Democrat, says that the bill, sponsored by Rep. Susan Westrom, a Lexington Democrat, has only a handful of Republican votes and about 30 Democratic votes.</p><p>Despite his support, Stumbo says some lawmakers are apprehensive about the ban.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8709 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Statewide Smoking Ban an 'Uphill Battle,' House Speaker Greg Stumbo Says Statewide Smoking Ban Clears Kentucky State House Committee http://wfpl.org/post/statewide-smoking-ban-clears-kentucky-state-house-committee <p>FRANKFORT — A Kentucky House committee has approved a ban on indoor smoking in public places and private businesses across the state.</p><p>The House Health &amp; Welfare Committee voted 10 to 3. It would provide an exemption for open spaces, and will also apply to e-cigarettes.</p><p>State Rep. Susan Westrom, a Lexington Democrat and the bill's sponsor, says the ban is needed to improve the health of all Kentuckians regardless of if they smoke, and will affect a variety of workplaces.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 23:40:35 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8504 at http://wfpl.org Statewide Smoking Ban Clears Kentucky State House Committee Kentucky House, Senate Leaders React to Gov. Steve Beshear's State of the Commonwealth http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-house-senate-leaders-react-gov-steve-beshears-state-commonwealth <p></p><p>FRANKFORT — Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear gave his seventh State of the Commonwealth address on Tuesday, and leaders from both General Assembly chambers—and both parties—had quick reaction.</p><p>Senate President Robert Stivers voiced opposition to the governor's support of a statewide smoking ban, saying that although he does not smoke, he supports an individual's choice to do so.</p><p><strong><a href="/post/state-commonwealth-beshear-says-kentuckys-momentum-jeopardy">Related: State of the Commonwealth: Beshear Says Kentucky's Momentum in Jeopardy</a></strong></p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 04:29:57 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8162 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky House, Senate Leaders React to Gov. Steve Beshear's State of the Commonwealth Statewide Smoking Ban Supporters Make Second Pitch to Kentucky Legislators http://wfpl.org/post/statewide-smoking-ban-supporters-make-second-pitch-kentucky-legislators <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Supporters of a statewide smoking ban in Kentucky are once again trying to persuade a House committee to pass the legislation this session.</span></p><p>The House Judiciary Committee is the second committee—after House Health and Welfare—to hear the smoking ban bill sponsored by State Rep. Susan Westrom, a Lexington Democrat.</p><p>This time, property rights and business rights were the main topic of questioning, but Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson&nbsp;told the committee that Kentucky's businesses have long supported smoking bans.</p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 20:59:19 +0000 Kenny Colston 4316 at http://wfpl.org Statewide Smoking Ban Supporters Make Second Pitch to Kentucky Legislators Former Wildcat Derek Anderson, Gov. Steve Beshear Join Rally for Statewide Smoking Ban http://wfpl.org/post/former-wildcat-derek-anderson-gov-steve-beshear-join-rally-statewide-smoking-ban <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">FRANKFORT — Supporters of a statewide smoking ban brought high-profile help from the world of sports while rallying Thursday in the Capitol Rotunda &nbsp;for their cause.</span></p> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 18:14:24 +0000 Kenny Colston 4000 at http://wfpl.org Former Wildcat Derek Anderson, Gov. Steve Beshear Join Rally for Statewide Smoking Ban Statewide Smoking Ban Bill Clears House Committee http://wfpl.org/post/statewide-smoking-ban-bill-clears-house-committee <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentucky is one step closer to enacting a statewide smoking ban after legislation sailed Thursday through the House Committee on Health and Welfare.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">House Bill 190, sponsored by Rep. Susan </span>Westrom<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a Democrat of Lexington, would prohibit smoking in public places and places of employment.</span></p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 19:16:38 +0000 Rae Hodge 3867 at http://wfpl.org Statewide Smoking Ban Bill Clears House Committee Smoking Ban Advocates Once Again Face Senate Roadblock http://wfpl.org/post/smoking-ban-advocates-once-again-face-senate-roadblock <p></p><p></p><p>Supporters of a statewide smoking ban in public places are set to try their luck in passing such a law for the third legislative session.</p><p></p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 22:32:04 +0000 Kenny Colston 3343 at http://wfpl.org Smoking Ban Advocates Once Again Face Senate Roadblock