Alaska workplace smoking ban moves toward vote after yearslong stall in House committee

JUNEAU — A bill to add new restrictions on smoking in Alaska is moving toward a vote after a two-year wait.

Senate Bill 63, to enact a statewide workplace smoking ban, advanced Tuesday evening at a rare meeting of the House Rules Committee. The legislation had been warehoused in the committee by Anchorage Republican Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, the committee chair, for more than two months.

LeDoux also blocked a similar bill at the end of the 2016 legislative session, when she chaired the

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