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Lawrence smoking ban case goes to state supreme court

Publication Date: 2007-04-18

Nearly three years ago, the city of Lawrence banned smoking in such public places as bars and restaurants.

Next week, the Kansas Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether the city exceeded its authority.

At issue is an appeal by Dennis Steffes, owner of two nightclubs in Lawrence. He argues the ordinance illegally supersedes state law and is unconstitutionally vague.

The case, with arguments slated for April 25, is being closely watched by the League of Kansas Municipalities. The league believes that if the ordinance is struck down by the state's highest court, it would have an impact on similar smoking bans around the state.