ND House waters down new statewide smoking ban

BISMARCK, N.D. (GPN) – Some changes are in the works for North Dakota’s new workplace smoking ban.

The North Dakota House has approved eliminating a requirement that no-smoking signs be put inside work vehicles.

The bill also removes the new law’s mandate to remove factory-installed ashtrays from cars and trucks that are used on the job.

And it says the law should no longer force businesses to post no-smoking signs by garage doors and loading dock bays. Instead, no-smoking notices must be posted only by building entrances that open from the side.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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