Gov. Norm Bangerter said he opposes a bill that would have banned smoking in restaurants that don't have liquor licenses - more than 80 percent of all Utah eating establishments.
"I think we've got to be careful not to go too far in saying where you can and where you can't" smoke," the governor said. "Restaurants should be more aware they have to have smoking and non-smoking sections."The Smokefree Restaurant Act, sponsored by Sen. Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, has already been amended in committee by senators who feared the legislation would hurt the restaurant business by keeping smokers from going out to eat.
Hillyard said he will present new amendments to the bill when it reaches the Senate floor Monday at 11 a.m. that call for stricter enforcement of existing clean air legislation rather than a ban.