Senate passes strict smoking ban
ST. PAUL - Smokers would be banned from all public Minnesota workplaces other than well ventilated outdoor patios under a Senate-passed bill.
Minnesota senators voted 41-24 Tuesday for a strict smoking ban, turning back several efforts to weaken it. The House version of the measure awaits action in a committee with a chairman opposed to the measure.
Long-time anti-smoking advocate Sen. Steve Dille, R-Dassel, said the Senate vote is a victory.