Miss. smoking ban dies, JSU stadium bill lives

By The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi lawmakers won’t pass a bill this year to ban smoking in public places.

House Public Health Committee Chairman Steve Holland says a bill that passed the Senate last month had “no substance” because it would’ve repeated a state law that already bans smoking in government buildings.

Holland chose not to bring the bill up for a vote because he says there wasn’t enough support for it.

Tuesday was the deadline for House and Senate committees to act on general bills that had already passed the other chamber.

Among the bills surviving the deadline is one to let Jackson State University take ownership of Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium.

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The bills are Senate Bill 2726 and House Bill 1158.