The Iowa House of Representatives today narrowly approved a smoking ban which exempts bars and restaurants. The bill now needs to be resolved with a tougher Senate bill that didn’t even exempt casinos. Most workplaces already ban smoking in Iowa.
Rep. Janet Petersen, D-Des Moines, said the vote reflects intense lobbying by the restaurants and bar owners who said it will hurt business. Presumably they didn’t argue Iowans would go over the border to Minnesota to smoke, however.
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Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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