|Dakota Meyer said he got involved in the issue after his friend|
Regan Judd, right, a spokeswoman for the American Heart
Association, told him the dangers of secondhand smoke.
(Photo by Charles Bertram, Lexington Herald-Leader)
Smoking-ban legislation has never come to a vote in the full House because it lacked the votes to pass, but its chief sponsor said recently that she now has the votes. A similar bill has been introduced in the Republican-controlled Senate for the first time, but Senate leaders sent it to the Judiciary Committee rather than the Health and Welfare Committee, which is chaired by the bill's sponsor.
Senate President Robert Stivers, who opposes the bill, told The Courier-Journal that "he has not polled members to know how much support there is in the Senate," the Louisville newspaper reports. "He acknowledged there are mixed opinions on the legislation and there is a possibility it could come to the floor for a vote. Beshear said he will keep pushing the bill because “The health of our people demands that we do this.”