The committee approved a bill for a "broad" statewide smoking ban.
For a handful of years, Brown -- The Clay County Tobacco Coalition Director -- has approached the Brazil City Council, typically at the beginning of the year, asking for such a proposal.
This year, Brown said she is pleased she may not need to.
"This will impact what is going on in Brazil," Brown said. "We've waited on this for six years. We are very hopeful.
"This is the first time that (the proposal) has passed through the House. There's definitely stronger momentum. The majority seems to be in favor. It's been a long battle these past six years."
The Indiana House of Representatives Health Committee voted 9-3 in favor of the bill only after adding an exemption for retail tobacco shops.
According to the Associated Press, the bill would prohibit smoking in most public places and workplaces, including bars.
However, the bill would allow smoking only on gambling floors of casinos, fraternal and veterans clubs and cigar and hookah lounges.
State Rep. Eric Turner (R-Cicero) authored the bill. In the past, the House Health Committee, under the guidance of Charlie Brown (D-Gary) has passed a smoking ban. However, the bill has repeatedly died in the Senate.
While the bill now goes into full debate, Brown said she believes it could be passed, especially with the Super Bowl taking place in Indianapolis in February.
"With the Super Bowl, there's been a lot of publicity of Indiana not stepping up to the plate with its forward thinking," she said. "With (the Super Bowl) coming up, they want to step this up.
"There is a strong movement toward having this done before the Super Bowl. At this time, we are very pleased with the comprehensive wording of (the bill)."
As of November 2011, a total of 27 states nationwide have enacted statewide smoking bans. Currently, Indiana is one of 11 states that have not taken action. Other states across the nation with no smoking ban policy include Alabama, Alaska, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, West Virginia and Wyoming.
However, the Indiana Clean Indoor Air Law, established in 1993, prohibits smoking in state government buildings, schools, healthcare facilities, fire and police stations, childcare and daycare facilities, healthcare provider offices and more.
Still, Brown said she is pleased the state appears poised to take action.
"I had a good feeling about this year," she said. "But you just don't know. We thought that last year, there was strong momentum. But we're more hopeful this year."