Wednesday, May 07, 2003
Westports State Rep. Ken Bernhard Votes for Smoking Ban
WestportҒs State Rep. G. Kenneth Bernhard was among House of Representatives members who voted today for a smoking ban in Connecticuts bars and restaurants.
After almost four hours of debate, the House voted to ban smoking by a 103-43 vote. The state Senate passed the same bill last week.
Gov. John G. Rowland said he is not happy with the legislation, but said he would sign it into law.
Once Rowland signs the bill, the ban on smoking in restaurants will begin on Oct. 1. The ban on smoking in bars takes place on April 1, 2004. Private clubs, such as Elks clubs, are exempt.