Gov. Kaine and legislative leaders are announcing what they call a “landmark agreement” to pass a statewide smoking ban in Virginia’s bars and restaurants. The only exceptions, they say, are for private clubs and for restaurants with independently-ventilated smoking rooms.
The measure apparently is a done deal. Kaine says that he “worked with legislative leaders to craft an agreement acceptable to both parties and both houses.” House Speaker William Howell is on board, with supportive comments in the governor’s news release.
By Peter Vieth