MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - More than 100 school students have rallied on the Statehouse steps in Montgomery to help an anti-smoking bill get off to a strong start. The students gathered on the steps at midday Tuesday to support a bill by Democratic state Sen. Vivian Davis Figures of Mobile.
Minutes later, the Senate Education Committee approved the bill 8-2. It now goes to the Senate.
Figures' bill would ban smoking in public places, including bars and restaurants statewide.
One 17-year-old, Amber Peek of Arley, brought her inhaler to the rally. Peek says she suffers from asthma due to exposure to second-hand smoke, and it affects every aspect of her life.