Bid to weaken smoking bill is defeated

April 09, 1993

The Anne Arundel County Council rejected an attempt late Wednesday night by Councilwoman Diane Evans to weaken an anti-smoking bill that would prevent people from lighting up in businesses with more than 50 employees and require nonsmoking sections in restaurants with more than 75 patrons.

Ms. Evans, an Arnold Republican, said she wanted to restore the version she introduced last month that was later amended by Councilwoman Maureen Lamb, an Annapolis Democrat. In its original form, Ms. Evans' bill would have banned smoking in public places but exempted businesses, hotels and most restaurants.

The council voted 4-3 against restoring Ms. Evans' version. Pasadena Republican Carl "Dutch" Holland and Linthicum Democrat George Bachman voted with Ms. Evans.

Lawmakers will hear the bill at least once more, at 7:30 p.m. May 3, before voting on it.

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