A bill that would have banned smoking in bars and most other businesses in Oklahoma suffered a setback earlier today.
H.B. 3384 did not pass a third vote in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, failing 33-64 with three abstaining.
The bill would have created the Oklahoma Workplace Clean Air Act, banning smoking in most businesses and private clubs. There were a number of exemptions:
- Cigar bars and retail tobacco and vape stores that were in business as of Nov. 1, 2020;
- Restaurants that have an enclosed and ventilated smoking room;
- Businesses that do not have employees and are not open to the public
The bill, introduced by House Speaker Pro Tempore Harold Wright Jr., R-Weatherford, would have banned smoking at outdoor public events, all public transportation stations and in the common areas of multi-family housing units, though the latter could have specific smoking areas.
It would have also removed a preemption law that prevents local cities and counties from enacting additional anti-tobacco laws.