For the fifth year in a row, a smoking ban bill has been introduced into the Texas State Senate, as State Senator Rodney Ellis, a Democrat from Houston, has filed S.B. 87 in advance of the opening of the next legislative session.
The proposal seeks to ban smoking in the majority of workplaces and public spaces with a few exceptions, including cigar bars and retail tobacco shops.
While there doesn’t appear to be enough support for a statewide ban, it has been a busy year for smoking bans at the city level, as Irving is currently debating the idea of a ban and has pushed a vote on it into January, while Bedford, Alice, Harlingen, Paris, Grand Prairie, Waxahachie, Wichita Falls and Weatherford have all passed smoking bans of some sort this year. Frisco, Lubbock, Keller, Alamo Heights and Terrell have also had legislation come up this year.
Texas is the second most populous state in the county with nearly 26.5 million residents.