State Property Smoking Ban Approved

Apr 23, 2013

Credit Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

The Oklahoma House has approved a bill that puts into state law Gov. Mary Fallin's executive order banning smoking on state property.

Fallin signed the executive order against smoking in state buildings last year. The House passed a bill 76-14 Tuesday that would expand the ban to properties that aren't buildings and would allow cities and counties to ban smoking on their properties.

The bill now goes to the governor for her signature.

State Rep. Pat Ownbey (R-Ardmore) says the bill would be more durable than the current executive order, which can be changed by a governor at any time.

He said Tuesday he wasn't sure what the penalty would be if someone defied the ban. Fallin said last year she hoped the ban would be self-enforced.