The Senate Business and Jobs Committee, link here, (which I serve on) held hearings on the Statewide Smoking Ban bill. The chief author of the bill is Senator Kathy Sheran (DFL-Mankato). Here is a copy of the bill as it came to our Committee.On Feb. 19th, I voted against the bill, even though it was amended in committee to allow exemptions for bars and restaurants if they install ventilation. This blog entry will explain my position. It will be a long entry, but it?s easier to refer people to this website, than to explain a complicated subject to the many people who have contacted me.