For Indiana Representative Charlie Brown of Gary, it's been a passion that's put him at the forefront not once or twice, but now a third time.

Reporter: "What makes you keep coming back for this issue?"

State Rep. Charlie Brown (D) Gary: "Usually third time's the charm. But that's why we're still pushing to get the bill through this year, and it's a good health policy."

Brown authored a bill that follows a growing number of Indiana towns and cities that ban smoking in all public places. His colleagues in the house agreed, but feeling pressure from critics, voted or a more watered down extent, voting to allow it in bars, restaurants, gaming facilities, private clubs and small businesses.

"Only 25% or 26% of the state smokes. Why not be more concerned about the 75% or 74% who does not smoke?" said Brown.

"It's good for business. It's a myth out there that it hurts business, so competitively, I think it'll be better for businesses," said Amanda Estridge of the American Cancer Society.

The Indiana House has passed a ban on smoking, but to make it law, it would have to pass out of the Senate. Experts say that's not likely to happen anytime soon.

"It's gonna take more work and a lot more discussion before we're ready to take that statewide issue up, said State Sen. David Long (R) Ft. Wayne.

Senate President Pro Tem Long said for now, there's too much contentiousness this session to go beyond what many local governments are already doing.

"Many cities are taking this issue up themselves now, I have always felt it's a local decision to make and I think in the senate that's still the consensus," Long told Fox59 News.

"I don't think the issue is at rest yet, we've been hearing from Senator Long, but with the senate caucus, we can keep it moving, " said Estridge confidently.

However unlikely this year, if the American Cancer Society and others can help persuade lawmakers the time is now, Indiana would become the 26th state with a comprehensive ban on smoking in public.

While many local bars and restaurants have gone on record against a statewide ban, House Bill 1131 does have the support of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.

The legislative session ends in March.