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September 11, 2008

The United States Senate and the House of Representatives are in negotiations about a smoking ban for the state of Michigan. However, both sides are having a difficult time coming to an agreement.

Barb Byrum, a Michigan State Representative said "I think this legislation is needed for all of Michigan. By eliminating smoke in public places, we will be decreasing the amount of second-hand smoke all our citizens will be breathing in. I would prefer the least amount of exemptions as possible because all workers deserve the right to work in a smoke-free environment." She is pushing for a smoking ban that will be universal.

House democrats state the senate majority leader and the speaker of the house are currently in talks. They are hopeful for an agreement within the next few weeks. A smoking ban with the exception of bars and casinos was passed before by the House of Representatives. Byrum is hopeful there will not be any exceptions in the new bill.

The House Democrats are trying to have the smoking ban signed into law by the November elections.

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