Rep. Dermody votes to protect Hoosier businesses

Posted by: Courtney Bearsch  | Thursday, October 22, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 22, 2015) – Today, members of the Interim Study Committee on Public Policy voted against recommending the General Assembly expand Indiana's smoking ban to include bars, casinos and private clubs. 

State Rep. Tom Dermody (R-LaPorte), vice chair of the committee, said the recommendation passed 10-1 citing concerns over the potential negative impact on Indiana businesses.

“After considering public testimony and the information presented, I agree with the committee’s recommendation that the smoking ban should not be expanded to include bars, casinos and private clubs,” Dermody said. “As a result, these Hoosier businesses would continue to have the option to implement smoke-free zones, however there would be no government mandate.”

For more information on the committee and to view the final report when it becomes available, visit