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Governor Huckabee Signs Smoking Ban Into Law; Ban on Smoking in Cars with Kids OK'd

April 8, 2006 - Posted at 12:55 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK (AP) _ A ban on smoking in most enclosed public

places -- including offices and restaurants -- has been signed into

law by Governor Huckabee. The governor signed the measure

yesterday, shortly after the Senate approved an amended proposal

that exempts hotels and motels with fewer than 25 rooms.

The bill also exempts tobacco shops, nursing homes and

home-based businesses with fewer than three employees, and would

not affect some bars.

Violators of the ban could be fined between 100 and 500 dollars.

A separate bill approved by both the Senate and House would ban

smoking in cars with kids. Huckabee has not yet signed that

measure, though he said he supports it. The law bans smoking in

vehicles when there is a child present who is younger than six

years old or weighs less than 60 pounds and is restrained in a car

seat.

It includes a 25-dollar fine for violations but the fine could

be waived if the person can prove he or she is enrolled in a

program to quit smoking.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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