Smoking Ban Protest Burns Out

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

An effort by bar and club owners seeking to partially reverse Ohio's smoking ban was shot down Monday due to a lack of valid signatures.

The group of bar and club owners were pushing a proposal to allow smoking at bowling alleys after 6 pm.

Their proposal also would have allowed smoking at bars where no more than ten percent of sales are food and at private clubs -- such as Veterans of Foreign War posts.

Attorney General Marc Dann says the group produced just 776 of the required 1000 valid signatures to get its petition certified.

The group planned to put its proposal before lawmakers first.

If that failed, they were hoping to put it before voters in November.

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