LANSING (AP) -- The Michigan Senate is expected to finally take up a statewide smoking ban that has stalled for years in the Legislature.

Senators have been working on competing bills that would ban smoking in all workplaces, restaurants and bars.

One version of the bill would exempt casino floors, cigar bars, tobacco specialty stores, home offices and motor vehicles, similar to a version passed by the House in May. Another version would have exemptions only for motor vehicles and home offices.

A vote on a smoking ban was expected to occur in the Senate Thursday afternoon.

The ban faces opposition from the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association, which says the decision should be left to restaurant and bar owners. Health advocates object to exempting the three Detroit casinos.


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