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Beshear hopeful 2014 is the year for statewide smoking ban

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Beshear's comments came after a rally at the state Capitol, in which about 200 people cheered when smoke-free advocates urged lawmakers to save lives by implementing the ban. Beshear's comments came after a rally at the state Capitol, in which about 200 people cheered when smoke-free advocates urged lawmakers to save lives by implementing the ban.
Gov. Steve Beshear Gov. Steve Beshear
Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer

FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) - Gov. Steve Beshear called a proposed statewide smoking ban, which cleared a House committee last week, a difficult issue but said he remained hopeful it would gain support in the legislature.

Beshear's comments came after a rally at the state Capitol, in which about 200 people cheered when smoke-free advocates urged lawmakers to save lives by implementing the ban.

"I don't know if the time is right in this session to pass it. I'm hoping it is," Beshear said. "Unless we keep pushing it, we won't get there. So, I intend to keep pushing it."

Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo said Wednesday he supported the measure but didn't know where other members stood. He said last week the proposal faces a close vote in his chamber.

Republican Senate President Robert Stivers doesn't support the ban, saying it would strip the choice away from business owners. The ban would cover workplaces, including bars and restaurants.

Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer attended Wednesday's rally to advocate for the proposed ban.

"Aren't we supposed to make it better for the next generation?" He said. "This is a way we can do it."

Rep. Susan Westrom, D-Lexington, said her bill would likely come up for a vote next week in the House. She said she disagreed with Stumbo's assessment of its chances, saying it has enough support to pass.

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