COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/WVOC) - A bill that would let South Carolina employers hire and fire based on someone's off-the-job smoking habits appears to be going up in smoke.
A Senate subcommittee has voted to shelve the legislation. But hospital executives say they'll push for another hearing.
The bill would repeal a state law that prohibits employers from making personnel decisions based on whether someone uses tobacco outside of work. That includes hiring, firing, promoting or demoting workers.
Sponsoring Senator Kevin Bryant of Anderson County argues the government has no business telling employers how to spend their money.
But Spartanburg County Senator Glenn Reese says the idea that someone can be fired for smoking on their back porch is akin to Gestapo tactics.