Fallin Puts Off Oklahoma Smoking Ban Petition Drive

Oct 7, 2013

Gov. Mary Fallin will wait until after the 2014 election to lead a petition drive to let voters decide whether to enact stricter smoking bans in their cities.

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The Tulsa World reports Fallin, who is up for re-election, will wait until after next year's elections to lead the effort. A spokesman for Fallin says waiting gives the measure a better chance for success.

Earlier this year, the Legislature voted against a bill that would have let cities and towns pass ordinances that are stricter than state law governing tobacco use. Critics have said such a measure could give some businesses an advantage over others because of inconsistent smoking laws.

Fallin says she'll give her "full support" to the measure once it's on the ballot.


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