Missouri House Republicans are considering a policy to let lawmakers continue smoking in their offices while encouraging them to be "conscientious" and "respectful."
Smoking is barred in the House chamber and public galleries. House rules require the Republican and Democratic caucuses to establish smoking policies for legislators' private offices.
House Democrats have decided to bar smoking in their own private offices.
Another Missouri town is going smoke-free.
The city council in Washington, Mo., voted last week to prohibit indoor smoking at restaurants, bars, businesses and other public places.
The Washington Missourian reports the law is effective April 15. Joette Reidy of Breathe Easy Washington presented petitions signed by 1,800 residents in support of the measure.
Twenty-nine cities and towns in Missouri prohibit smoking in public places.
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The University of Missouri has announced that MU’s campus will become 100 percent smoke–free earlier than planned. The smoke-free date has been moved up from January 2014 to July next year.