Debate Continues Over Tobacco Bills

Apr 29, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Battles over the regulation of tobacco products are continuing to rage at the Oklahoma Capitol, and anti-smoking forces plan to continue the fight after the Legislature adjourns by seeking a statewide vote on restricting smoking in public places.

Several tobacco-related measures also have been working through the legislative process. Included is a measure awaiting Gov. Mary Fallin's signature that would designate all state-owned buildings and property as nonsmoking.

An earlier measure that would have allowed cities and towns to enact stricter smoking bans was shot down during the session, prompting Fallin to announce plans to push for a statewide vote on an anti-smoking initiative in 2014.

Fallin spokesman Alex Weintz says the issue is still a priority, but few details have emerged on the plan.