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ALBANY — A bill that would ban e-cigarettes indoors the same way traditional tobacco cigarettes are — which was dropped during state budget talks — is making renewed progress in the legislature, the measure’s two sponsors said Monday.

The bill is on the Assembly calendar, where it could rise to a floor vote within days after it was passed in the health and codes committees. The bill would expand the definition of smoking under the Clean Indoor Act to include e-cigarettes, which can burn material other than tobacco and which emit vapor, rather than the smoke that comes from cigarettes.

If passed, e-cigarettes would be banned from workplaces, dining areas, bars, catering halls, convention halls, public transportation, hotel and motel conference rooms, and other enclosed areas used by the public.

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“We haven’t been able to get the two houses on track, but I am confident that this year we will,” said Assemb. Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan).

Senate Health Committee Chairman Kemp Hannon (R-Garden City) also said he sees growing support for the measure after it was briefly attached to a package of proposals within state budget negotiations in March and April, but the whole package was dropped.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) said Monday that he expects to pass the bill soon, for the second year in a row. Last year, however, the bill was stopped in the Senate.