Governor Doyle's call for a statewide smoking ban will face opposition.
Several state lawmakers say they'll fight the proposal, but whether they'll be able to carry the day or not is in question.
More local governments around Wisconsin are passing their own smoke-free ordinances, and there's a growing consensus at the Capitol that a statewide ban that covers restaurants and taverns is inevitable.
State Senate Minority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says he's not completely ready to but into that idea. He says any ban taken up by the Legislature should include an exemption for taverns. The Juneau Republican says some owners have invested more than $40,000 in "smoke eaters" to make their businesses more comfortable for smokers and non-smokers.
Governor Doyle included a statewide smoking ban that covers bars in the budget bill he submitted to legislators last week.