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Legislature / Panel agrees smoking ban should start this summer

Publication Date: 2007-05-09
  • Author:Rachel E. Stassen-Berger
  • Publication:Saint Paul (MN) Pioneer Press

A Minnesota legislative panel gave final shape to a statewide smoking ban Tuesday night.

The measure, which is expected to become law, would ban smoking in the state's bars, restaurants, taxis and clubs like American Legions or Veterans of Foreign Wars. Smoking has been banned in most other workplaces for years.

The proposed law would allow just a few exemptions - such as Native American ceremonies, trying out products in tobacco shops and participation in scientific studies. The ban would take effect this summer.

The full House and Senate are expected to approve the measure and send it to Gov. Tim Pawlenty. A majority of lawmakers and the governor have supported the statewide ban, so it is expected to become law.