New Proposal To Lift MN Smoking Ban
At least one Minnesota lawmaker wants to let bar patrons smoke again, more than three years after a statewide smoking ban took effect.
Republican Rep. Tom Hackbarth of Cedar introduced legislation on Monday, Jan. 24 that would allow smoking in bars to resume, including bars attached to restaurants.
Hackbarth’s bill would still restrict smoking in restaurants. Bars attached to restaurants would have to be separated by walls and doors kept closed.
Kare11 reports that the bill would give bars as long as six years to install ventilation systems, depending on how much of their sales come from drinks. The ventilation requirement would kick in next year for bars that sell more food than alcohol.
Many bar owners have complained that the smoking ban has negatively affected their business.
The bill has been referred to a health panel.