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Senate won't give cigar bars a break

Publication Date: 4/25/2008
  • Author:KEVIN LANDRIGAN
  • Publication:Nashua Telegraph, NH

The state Senate blocked a move Thursday to give cigar bars an exemption from the ban on smoking in all restaurants and cocktail lounges.

The tactic appeared to kill this House-approved bill for the 2008 session.

There were 14 of 24 state senators who wanted to block the bill (HB 1457) by tabling it. It would require 16 of them to agree to take it out of limbo.

Sen. David Gottesman, D-Nashua, wrote the landmark, smoking ban law that went into effect in 2007. It has attracted few complaints from the hospitality industry.

"My guess is this bill will not come off the table,'' said Gottesman, as supporters began to acknowledge that the bill appeared dead.

This bill would have allowed smoking at businesses where more than 60 percent of the total income comes from cigar sales.