A ban on smoking across North Carolina has
again won a House committee's support.
The bill is now in a weakened form that gives local governments
more say over the restrictions.
The modified bill still bans smoking statewide in restaurants,
hotels and state government office buildings. It specifically
excludes restaurant-bars that are age-restricted and
smoking-designated hotel rooms.
Local governments would have the authority to override those
exceptions and to bar or restrict smoking in public places,
workplaces, local government buildings, public transportation and
The measure will now be rescheduled for a full House vote.