Statewide Smoking Ban

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Supporters of a statewide smoking ban may go straight to the voters if lawmakers don't close loopholes in a bill moving through the Legislature.

Supporters don't like a bill backed by the Senate that includes a series of exemptions.

The exemptions include casinos, bingo halls, racetracks, private clubs and bars that don't sell much food.

The House version exempts casinos and businesses with fewer than three employees.

The House and Senate will try to work out their differences on the bill.

Members of the coalition of health and business organizations that backed the original legislation are considering trying to put a tougher measure on the statewide ballot if all the exemptions remain.

They would have until April 21st to turn in the paperwork to place the proposal on the November ballot.