- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 29, 2015

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis bar owner wants a judge to block the city’s smoking ban, just days before exemptions to the law are to expire.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (https://bit.ly/1SkFiqr) reports that the “Smoke Free Air Act” took effect in 2011 with five-year exemptions for taverns that met certain requirements.

But those exemptions will expire Jan. 1.

As owner of the Trophy Room, Herbert Krischke last week filed a lawsuit asking a St. Louis circuit judge to block the city from enforcing the ordinance or declare it unconstitutional.

The lawsuit argues that the law “grants a special or exclusive right, privilege or immunity” to the deep-pocketed casinos such as the city’s Lumiere Place. That casino gets to keep its exemption.


Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, https://www.stltoday.com

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