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Ala. senator delays her anti-smoking bill

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A state senator has delayed the Senate's consideration of her anti-smoking bill because the Senate gutted it with amendments.

Democratic state Sen. Vivian Davis Figures of Mobile took the action Thursday after the Senate exempted bars, the bar sections of restaurants, and gambling halls from her proposed restrictions on smoking in public places. Figures told the Senate that she didn't want her bill to pass in that weakened form, and she got senators to carry it over for possible consideration another day.

Figures got a similar bill passed by the Senate last year, but it died in the House.

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