Ind. residents support smoking ban

Indiana State Sen. Sue Errington announced the results of her 2010 Legislative Survey.

Errington mailed questionnaires throughout households in District 26, which includes Muncie, and made them available on her Web site in December 2009 to receive input from her constituents on issues expected to come before the 2010 General Assembly, including a smoking ban initiative and a change in restrictions on the sale of alcohol.

A statewide ban on smoking in public places received 71 percent support. Errington proposed Senate Bill 95 to prohibit smoking in public places and places of employment, but it was not given a hearing. The Indiana House of Representiatives approved a statewide smoking ban, but it is not expected to get a hearing in the Republican-controlled Senate. Errington is disappointed the ban won't be addressed this year, she said in a press release.

District 26 constituents opposed allowing the retail sale of alcohol on Sunday and expanding the retail sale of cold beer to convenience and grocery stores. The measures do not have enough support to move through the legislature this year with 60 percent of constituents opposing the retail sale of alcohol on Sundays and 67 percent opposing the expansion of retail sales of cold beer at convenience and grocery stores, according to the press release.

Consolidation was approved of by the respondents as 65 percent said the Muncie City Council and the Delaware County Council should become one legislative body. Legislation, including changes to local government operations, is moving through the process, but it is too early to tell what the outcome will be for this session, Errington said.  

For the complete survey results and more information on Sen. Errington go to www.senatedemocrats.in.gov

NUMBERS

  • 71% of respondents voted in favor of a statewide smoking ban in public places, 21% opposed.
  • 60% opposed the retail sale of alcohol on Sundays
  • 67% opposed the expansion of retail sale of cold beer in convenience and grocery stores
  • 65% of respondents voted in favor of the Muncie City Council and the Delaware County Council consolidating into one legislative body

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