Archive for Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Kansas Supreme Court to hear smoking-ban arguments

Hearing set for next week

April 17, 2007


Lawrence's smoking ban will be aired out next week before the Kansas Supreme Court.

The court has set oral arguments on the constitutionality of the ban for 1:30 p.m. April 25.

A decision by the court could affect not only Lawrence's ban on smoking, which has been in effect since July 2004, but similar bans statewide.

The Lawrence ban has been challenged by Dennis Steffes, owner of Last Call and Coyote nightclubs, who says the ordinance is unconstitutionally vague and illegally supercedes state law.

But city officials have said they have the authority to establish a smoking prohibition inside businesses based on local government's home-rule authority to protect the health and safety of citizens.


esubrett 11 years, 1 month ago

You know what is more "unconstitutionally vague and illegally supercedes state law", people getting shot in and near your establishment. Priorities man, priorities.

Sigmund 11 years, 1 month ago

Anyone have a link to the documents online?

Gary Sandell 11 years, 1 month ago

Gov't can't control the use of illegal drugs in our cities, counties and state, yet they want to control use of a legal product because most that use tobacco are law-abiding citizens. Law-abiding citizens will go along with the ban because they feel they have no choice. Gov't loves a product like tobacco--they can tax the hell out of it and if you complain, you are a bum.
If gov't was really against the use of tobacco, they would refuse all of the tax money and tobacco settlement money that they glean from tobacco user's and companies.

Bladerunner 11 years, 1 month ago

His arguement?

You are more likely to get lead poisoning from flying bullets at Last Call than cancer from second hand smoke.

acg 11 years, 1 month ago

Here Here gsandell. If you want it to be banned everywhere, make it illegal and stop getting your share. If you insist on taxing it, and making millions off of the sale of tobacco products then let us smoke and p*ss off!

You know what the #1 cause of death among non smokers is? B*tching at smokers!!!!

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