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The smoke-free workplace bill has a real shot at passing the Legislature this year

Publication Date: 2018-01-22
  • Author:Matt Buxton
  • Publication:The Midnight Sun

Four years after its first introduction, 2018 may finally be the year that Soldotna Sen. Peter Micciche's smoke-free workplace bill clears the Legislature.

Senate Bill 63, which is Micciche's third smoke-free workplace bill since he took office in 2013, is poised to reach the House floor this session and already has support of half of the chamber's 40 members. The bill was heard in the House Judiciary Committee on Monday to take public testimony, and the bill is expected to advance on Wednesday after the committee considers amendments.

The legislation would ban smoking in nearly all indoor workplaces, including bars and taxicabs.

"This bill is designed for where your choice to smoke, which is not impeded in any way by this bill, impacts someone's right to breath clean air while at work," Micciche said...