JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A bill that has advanced from a House committee would allow communities to opt-out of a law mandating smoke-free workplaces in Alaska. 

The House Rules Committee advanced a rewrite of the smoke-free workplace bill that lets communities opt out via local elections and excludes e-cigarettes from the definition of smoking. 

The original bill had widespread support, but House Rules Committee Chair Gabrielle LeDoux refused to schedule it for a vote on the House floor. She said the state should not force municipalities into a program they may not want. 

Rep. Sam Kito III, a committee member, objected to the rewrite. He said he did not appreciate the changes being made at such a late date. 

If the bill passes the House, the Senate must decide whether to accept the changes. 

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