Wed. 4:45 pm: Bar carve-out sought after Ohio smoking ban upheld
May 23, 2012
Originally Posted by dirk digler
You maybe right on that.
There is now 12 states that have passed smoking bans state wide and Ohio Supreme Court just upheld the Ohio Smoke Free law this past year.
So I guess I was right, courts have sided with states and cities that they have the right to pass these laws which was my point all along.
Associated Press , Tribune Chronicle | TribToday.com
COLUMBUS - An attorney who spearheaded an unsuccessful challenge to Ohio's smoking ban says he expects the fight to move now to the state Legislature.
The Ohio Supreme Court ruled today that the statewide ban was constitutional. Justices rejected the claims of a Columbus tavern owner who argued that $33,000 in fines for violating the ban were an illegal taking of his property.
The executive director of 1851 Center for Constitutional Law that litigated the suit says a bill is already in the works to exempt bars from the ban.
Maurice Thompson said a victory in court would have sent a strong statement. But a new law could achieve the same goal of keeping the ban from being enforced at adult-only establishments that are limited to those 21 years old and up.