Two weeks after the city council expanded Dallas's smoking ordinance, state lawmakers are, yet again, looking to make all of Texas's indoor businesses smoke-free. At least, those are the smoke signals being sent by state Sen. Rodney Ellis of Houston and state Rep. Myra Crownover of Denton, who yesterday told the Austin American-Statesman that when the Legislature gets back to work in mid-January, they'll file a bill calling for the outlawing of smoking in bars and restaurants -- a proposal that didn't get out of the state Senate a year ago. Among the reasons for the redo: the Dallas ban and Lance Armstrong's involvement.
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But at least one Dallas lawmaker thinks legislators have more pressing business than snuffing smokes. Right, state Rep. Terri Hodge? "I think it's just a bit intrusive, to tell you the truth," she tells the Statesman. "We have many, many issues we could be working on that would benefit the people far more." --Robert Wilonsky