Smoking ban bill being blocked from Senate vote

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Lance Armstrong's foundation is on the verge of losing its top priority of the legislative session: a statewide ban on smoking in most public places, including bars and restaurants.

The woman standing in the way of a Senate vote is Sen. Jane Nelson, a Flower Mound Republican who joined Armstrong on the Capitol steps in February in a pledge to support it.

Nelson, chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, has not allowed a vote on the bill, frustrating supporters who considered her advocacy a major boost in getting the bill passed into law. She wouldn't say Wednesday why she hasn't allowed a vote.