Governor to sign indoor smoking ban bill on Friday

TOPEKA – Gov. Mark Parkinson on Friday will sign a bill banning indoor smoking in most indoor spaces.

The measure, House Bill 2221 would bar indoor smoking starting July 1, although it does allow smoking on the gaming floors of the state-owned casinos. The measure overrides less comprehensive local smoking bans such as the one in Wichtia.

The governor, a Democrat, has pushed for the smoking ban this year and been a vocal supporter of the measure.

He is scheduled to sign the bill 10 a.m. on Friday. Additional ceremonies are scheduled in Kansas City, Kan. and Salina, the times and locations are listed below.

Kansas City

1:30 p.m., Monday, March 15 School of Nursing Atrium University of Kansas Medical Center 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City

Salina

3:30 p.m., Monday, March 15 Salina-Saline County Health Department Conference Room A 125 West Elm Street, Salina