FRANKFORT, Ky. – A few of the most powerful advocates for any bill to prohibit smoking at places of work as well as in indoor public facilities conceded Monday the bill won't pass throughout this session from the Kentucky General Set up.
"Regrettably, it will not go anywhere, " stated Sen. Julie Raque Adams, a Louisville Republican who sponsors the balance within the Senate. "Only at that late time, it will not move."
Amy Barkley, chairwoman from the coalition of supporters known as Smoke-Free Kentucky, stated Monday the measure's chances this session are nil.
"We are still fighting for this. But at this time it seems to possess a zero chance because Senate leadership has managed to get obvious they don't want this problem to maneuver forward. They don't want to election onto it. It is extremely sad, " Barkley stated.
House Bill 145 passed the home on February. 13 with a 51-46 election. However that was the final election around the bill.
Supporters from the bill complain that leaders from the Senate's Republican majority shipped the deadly blow two days ago by mentioning the balance to not Adams' Health insurance and Welfare Committee but towards the Senate Veterans, Military Matters and Public Protection Committee.
That committee is chaired by Sen. Albert Robinson, R-London, who opposes a smoking prohibit. Robinson hasn't known as the balance for any hearing and stated Monday he'd not discuss it until his committee meets on Thursday.
Barkley stated that — while her count of votes within the Senate is close — she thinks the balance would pass the Senate if it's introduced to some election.
But Senate Republican Leader Damon Thayer, of Georgetown, stated that isn't so. Thayer rejected to state the number of senators would election for that bill, "But it is not really a majority, " Thayer stated. "... The votes aren't there."