- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Residents of Oklahoma’s veterans’ centers will be allowed to smoke on the property for a few more years under an agreement worked out between the governor, Legislature and the War Veterans Commission.

The House gave final approval on Wednesday to a bill that would designate all state-operated veterans’ centers as nonsmoking effective Jan. 1, but allow the centers to designate outdoor smoking areas for residents until Jan. 1, 2018.

Ardmore Republican Sen. Frank Simpson says the bill resulted from an agreement between Gov. Mary Fallin and veterans groups.

Fallin issued an executive order banning smoking on all state properties in 2012, including veterans’ centers, and a bill placing the executive order in statute was approved last year.

Fallin spokesman Alex Weintz says the governor is pleased with the compromise.

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