A group of lawmakers at the Capitol is looking to roll back part of the statewide smoking ban in bars and restaurants.
The legislators today filed a bill that would allow people in bars to smoke if the facility installs a ventilation system to remove the smoke, and a closed door separates the bar from the restaurant.
It’s a measure that was added to the 2007 smoking ban legislation as it made its way through the Minnesota Senate, but it was eventually removed before lawmakers passed the legislation and sent it to Gov. Tim Pawlenty.
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