Anti-smoking laws

Wednesday, May 21st 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- Officials say passing anti-smoking laws before the state Legislature adjourns is a top priority.

Governor Brad Henry, Secretary of Health Tom Adelson and lawmakers pledged Tuesday to pass stronger anti-smoking laws before the session ends.

The Legislature is considering three bills that restrict smoking. The measures have passed the House but have stalled in the Senate.

Opponents of stricter smoking laws say the laws will hurt Oklahoma businesses.

Senator Cal Hobson says he thinks restrictions can be tightened and still provide a safeguard for business interests.

Last week Henry rejected rules from the state Health Department that banned smoking in most restaurants, saying the changes needed to be made by the Legislature.