Virginia House, Senate Attempt Another Smoking Compromise

House of Delegates wants weaker anti-smoking bill

RICHMOND, Va. -- A bill to ban smoking in most of Virginia's bars and restaurants isn't a done deal after all.

The anti-smoking bill faces an uncertain future after the House of Delegates thwarted efforts by the Senate to pass a compromise bill supported by Gov. Tim Kaine.

The bill would ban smoking in most of Virginia's bars and restaurants. The House is insisting on a weakened version of the bill that allows smoking under a variety of circumstances. It would allow restaurants to designate a smoking room without a separate ventilation system and would allow smoking in any restaurant rented for invitation-only events.

A committee of select House and Senate members will now attempt to craft a bill acceptable to both bodies.

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