By Associated Press

11:31 AM March 26, 2014

Bill held for consideration

JUNEAU, Alaska – Some Alaska business owners are speaking out against a bill that would ban smoking in indoor work places and public places.

HB360, from Republican Rep. Lindsey Holmes, would ban smoking in most commercial buildings, including businesses, restaurants and bars. She told a state House committee Tuesday that the goal of the bill was to protect workers from secondhand smoke.

Some municipalities already have bans of this kind, while others don’t.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that most business owners who called in to testify on the bill were opposed to it. They said there are already choices between smoking and non-smoking establishments in many communities.

Several other testifiers who called in expressed support, citing health concerns.

The bill was held for further consideration.

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