TULSA - A Mary Fallin-backed bill that would have given local government the ability to create stricter smoking laws was voted down Monday, but the governor isn't backing away from the issue.
Fallin and community leaders will be unveiling a plan Tuesday to address smoking-related deaths and illnesses in the state, according to the governor's press office.
Fallin, who recently converted the Oklahoma Capitol building's smoking room into a gym, will be joined by Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, Sand Spring Vice Mayor Michael Phillips and a number of health organizations.
The governor has not commented on SB 36's failure, which suffered a 6-2 defeat in a Senate panel.
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Democratic Leader Scott Inman did release a statement following the vote.
"We were proud to stand with Governor Fallin, public health officials, and civic leaders from around the state in support of the smoking preemption legislation," Inman said. "... We missed an opportunity to improve our state’s overall health."
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