The Oklahoma State Senate blocked a bill on Monday that would have allowed cities within the state to create smoke-free ordinances and other measures tougher than what state law already allows.
Senate Bill 36 failed in the General Government Committee by a vote of 6-2, and means that the legislation will be dead for at least two years, which is the term length of the 54th Legislative Session.
Cities can still seek to block smoking on municipal property, but the state’s attorney general ruled earlier this month that that cities cannot ban smoking in outdoor areas that they own or operate. Earlier this month, Gov. Mary Fallin called on legislators to allow cities to pass their own ordinances regarding tobacco use in public places.
Oklahoma joins Tennessee as the only two states to prohibit cities from establishing tobacco laws tougher than those created at the state level.