House Republicans add more exceptions before voting in favor of a smoking ban

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Virginia took another step yesterday towards adopting a statewide smoking ban in restaurants. On a vote of 61-38, the Republican-dominated House of Delegates gave tentative approval to a bi-partisan bill favored by Gov. Timothy M. Kaine and House Speaker William J. Howell. However, the House weakened the original legislation by adding more exceptions to the compromise legislation. The amendments postpone the ban’s implementation until Jan. 1, 2010 and would allow smoking in an entire restaurant — rather than just a separate area — when it is rented out for a private party.  (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

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