The measure would have banned smoking in public meetings, elevators, mass transit, grocery stores, bars, casinos and three-fourths of the hotel rooms in the state. Violators would have to pay a $200 fine for the first offense, $300 for a second offense in the same calendar year and $500 for every violation after that during the same year.
All 17 Republican senators oppose the ban because they say it infringes on personal freedom and property rights. Grossman said it does not have enough support to pass it without Republican support.
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