I hate not knowing what will happen with this smoking ban debate. Hate it. Knowing is supposed to be an advantage of being in the media, you know...knowing what will happen before it happens. I don't know what I don't know on this one.
Last week, the House decided not to let people smoke in casinos or in some cases in their farm machinery on their farms. But the Senate State Government committee seemed to flip those ideas the opposite way: no smoking in casinos, but it's o.k. to smoke on the farm. So what does that mean for the full Senate? As I write this at 6:23pm on Tuesday, I still haven't heard whether the Senate will actually vote on this Wednesday (I'm told the decision won't come down until Wednesday a.m.).
Does that mean the votes are no longer there to pass this? Even if the votes are there, what will that mean? The House would have to get the bill back and pass the Senate version. Will that happen? Will a local option bill letting cities and towns make the decision be a compromise between the chambers instead? I hate not knowing.