Okla. governor to sign smoke-room rebate bill
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma restaurants that created
separately ventilated smoking rooms would get a rebate to convert
them to smoke-free under a bill Gov. Brad Henry plans to sign into
Henry scheduled a bill signing ceremony Friday for the Clean Air
in Restaurants Act.
The voluntary program authorizes the State Department of Health
to implement the rebate program. It would allow restaurants to
recover 50 percent of the original expenditure, minus depreciation
costs, if it converts to a smoke-free restaurant by January 2013.
The bill directs the Health Department to fund the program using
a fund that includes money from the state's tobacco tax.
Restaurants were allowed to maintain separate smoking rooms
under a public smoking ban law that took effect in 2003.