An Alabama Senate committee has approved a bill to ban smoking in restaurants throughout the state.
Democratic Sen. Vivian Davis Figures of Mobile guided her bill through the Senate Education Committee Wednesday.
Figures has tried for several years to pass bills restricting smoking in public places, but she has not had success. She said she decided to try again this year with a simpler bill that only applies to restaurants.
Figures' bill now goes to the Senate for consideration, with only seven meeting days remaining in the legislative session.