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Smoking bill unlikely to be law this year

Publication Date: 4/13/2007
  • Author:JASON CLAYWORTH
  • Publication:The Des Moines Register

A proposal that would allow Iowa cities and counties the ability to ban smoking in restaurants and bars is unlikely to become a law this year, House Majority Leader Pat Murphy said Thursday...

The smoking bill would allow cities to adopt ordinances that are more strict than state law. The law currently prohibits smoking in public places, including restaurants seating more than 50 people. Restaurant owners, however, can opt to establish smoking areas.

Advocates of the proposal have said giving cities the ability to set their own anti-smoking laws would help protect residents from secondhand smoke. Opponents say they worry it would create disadvantages among businesses in nearby areas.