Smoking Ban Testimony

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The Michigan Restaurant Association opposes a suggested state mandate that would prohibit smoking in certain establishments. The Association says property owners should be able to make the decision not state lawmakers.

A state Senate committee heard testimony Tuesday from parties both for and against the proposed ban. Under the bill, restaurants getting more than 30 percent of their gross income from food sales would have to ban smoking. Kristyn Sorensen, of the Michigan Restaurant Association, says business owners should have the right to run their establishments as they please.

If the proposed bill passes, private clubs, fraternal organizations, bingo halls, and bowling alleys would not have to enforce a smoking ban.