An Arkansas legislator is proposing a drastic overhaul to the state’s Clean Indoor Air Act of 2006 that would allow for smoking in privately owned businesses and making participation in the ban voluntary.
H.B. 1696 was introduced this week by Rep. Justin Gonzalez, R-Okolona, with Sen. Blake Johnson, R-Corning, signing on as a co-sponsor. The bill wouldn’t have an effect on cigar stores, which have already had an exemption from the ban, but would appear to open up any privately owned business to allow smoking should it wish.
The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Public Health, Welfare and Labor, where it is scheduled for a hearing on March 12.