Proposed smoking bill now in limbo

Posted by Terry Alexander - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The fate of a proposed smoking ban in Virginia bars and restaurants is now in limbo.

Monday the senate rejected attempts by the house of delegates to weaken the bill.

Senators voted down amendments that would have allowed smoking in restaurants and bars that were off-limits to minors.

The amendments also would have allowed smoking in areas of restaurants separated by either a door or an independent air system.

The bill now goes back to the house of delegates.

Copyright 2009. WWBT, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.