Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

Local News

January 23, 2012

Lawmakers split on smoking ban

GOP wants to push through legislation before Super Bowl

Sen. Jim Buck told a crowd of people at a Third House session in Kokomo Saturday that he opposes legislation to impose a statewide smoking ban in Indiana.

Buck joined Rep. Mike Karickhoff and Rep. Heath VanNatter at the session on the Indiana University Kokomo campus sponsored by the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance.

With more than 250 people in attendance, many of whom were there to discuss right-to-work legislation, the three lawmakers talked about the smoking ban and a

legislative change in school choice being advocated by Karickhoff.

During his opening remarks, Buck said state Republican Party leaders want to pass legislation for right-to-work, a statewide smoking ban and stiffer penalties for human trafficking before Indianapolis hosts the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.

“Historically I have voted against a statewide smoking ban,” Buck said, “locals can pass an ordinance. Local units of government want the state to pass a ban and the state wants local government to do it.”

Buck said he prefers passage of local ordinances to ban smoking.

He said people want to ban smoking, but do not want restrictions on the sale or use of tobacco.

However, a group of legislators has proposed limiting the sale of tobacco products to the hours in which a curfew is in effect for teenagers, he said. Buck said that would prevent the sale of tobacco to minors.

“We can’t eliminate smoking, but we can regulate it,” Buck said.

VanNatter said he voted against the statewide smoking ban in 2011.

“It comes down to the exemptions,” he said. “There are some that want a ban everywhere. Most lawmakers want to see some exemptions included in the bill.”

VanNatter said he supports exemptions from the smoking ban for private clubs and bars.

Karickhoff said he supported passage of the smoking ordinance in Kokomo as a member of the common council and he is now in favor of a statewide ban.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • Peru Skate Park 03 A world-class skate park PERU — For the last two weeks, workers with the Peru Parks Department have been shooing away people riding the curves and catching some air at the soon-to-be-open skate park in Peru.But that’s not a bad thing. It’s actually a pretty good sign.Althoug

    August 2, 2014 4 Photos

  • Fair opens with first beer sales since '46 INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Fair kicked off its 17-day run on Friday with a menu that includes alcohol for the first time in nearly 70 years, although there are limits on how much fairgoers can drink.A state law that took effect in July opened t

    August 2, 2014

  • 5 face heroin charges Five people face charges of possession and dealing heroin after two separate investigations.At 12:45 p.m. Thursday, officers served a search warrant at a residence in the 1600 block of South Union Street and arrested Bennavi Green on charges of deali

    August 2, 2014

  • 1943 Globe 1 'Kokomo Kid' was not a Kokomo 'first' As with many of the City of Firsts’ inventions, No. 13 on the list — the life raft and lifeboat made by the Globe American Stove Co. in Kokomo during World War II — is questionable.Nicknamed the “Kokomo Kid,” the Kokomo-made life raft of 1943 is refe

    August 2, 2014 2 Photos

  • Coroner searching for relatives of deceased man The Howard County Coroner’s office is trying to find a relative of Kenneth S. Crockett, who passed away Monday at his residence. Crockett , 74, died of natural causes at his residence in the 100 block of West Markland Avenue, Howard County Coroner Ja

    August 1, 2014

  • Bus crash 1 8-1-14 UPDATE: Maconaquah bus crashes on first day of school w/VIDEO

    A Maconaquah school bus transporting elementary students collided with a Jeep Liberty at the intersection of 800 South and U.S. 31 Friday morning on the corporation's first day of fall classes for the 2014-15 academic calendar.

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Miami County struggles through computer shutdown PERU (AP) — A northern Indiana prosecutor has harshly criticized other officials in his county for not adequately dealing with computer problems that have effectively brought some business to a halt. Prosecutor Bruce Embrey said Miami County governme

    August 1, 2014

  • Waterford Place looks to 11 senior living duplexes to campus More senior living options could be on the way in Kokomo.Waterford Place Health Campus, located in the 800 block of St. Joseph Drive, is looking to expand with 11 new senior duplexes after receiving approval from the Kokomo Plan Commission’s plat com

    August 1, 2014

  • Trial dates moved in Wagoner clinic drug case Trial dates for seven of the eight people charged in the Wagoner Clinic prescription drug case have been moved to Oct. 3.Several of the suspects – including Marilyn Wagoner, the wife of Donald Wagoner, the former head of the clinics – were set to sta

    August 1, 2014

  • NWS - Summer Fest 02 Russiaville Summer Fest starts Friday RUSSIAVILLE — You think you can knock a baseball out of the park? There's a contest for that. If you love to sing, there's an activity for that. If you're afraid to sing but know the words to your favorite song, there's an activity for that, too. The

    July 31, 2014 2 Photos

Latest news
Featured Ads
Only on our website
AP Video
Renewed Violence Taking Toll on Gaza Residents 2 Americans Detained in North Korea Seek Help US Employers Add 209K Jobs, Rate 6.2 Pct House GOP Optimistic About New Border Bill Gaza Truce Unravels; Israel, Hamas Trade Blame Raw: Tunisia Closes Borders With Libya Four Rescued From Crashed Plane Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Obituaries