Minnesota smoking ban chokes
Publication Date: 3/3/2005
- Author:SCOTT THISTLE
- Publication:Duluth (MN) News-Tribune
Despite pleas from doctors and other health advocates, the Minnesota House Commerce Committee sided with businesses Wednesday, snuffing out a bill that would have banned smoking in restaurants statewide.
The bill's co-authors said they would take time to consider their options for the rest of the 2005 legislative session.
"Today's an emotional day," said the bill's chief author, Rep. Doug Meslow, R-White Bear Lake. "I think the best thing to do is we regroup, we step away, give it a little time and consider our options."