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Time runs out on 2 Conn. smoking ban bills

May 6, 2010

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HARTFORD, Conn.—Lawmakers have run out of time to vote on two bills that would expand a ban on smoking in the workplace and in hundreds of state-licensed child care facilities across Connecticut.

The General Assembly's 2010 session ended Wednesday at midnight.

Rep. Betsy Ritter is co-chair of the Public Health Committee. She says there wasn't enough time to vote on the two bills in the House of Representatives. Both had passed the Senate.

One bill removed the minimum number of employees required for the current ban on smoking in workplaces to kick in.

The other bill would have banned smoking at child day care centers and group day care centers licensed by the Department of Public Health.

State law allows smoking at day care centers in designated smoking areas that are away from children and are properly ventilated.

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