Court Stump Proposed Ease on the Smoking Laws with Iron Hand
Date: 4th March 2008
The proposals for easing down the newly imposed smoking bans in the state of Illinois have been unanimously thumped down by the court of law. The patrons of the bars, casinos and restaurants submitted legislation in the court as the smoking bans were badly affecting their business. The proposals however failed to convince the bench as they were voted out 11-3.
Two proposals were offered by the people who submitted the legislation against the smoking laws. One of the proposals was too much for the court as it completely negated the ban on smoking. The other proposal was that the bars, restaurants, casinos, pubs and other such public places would buy smoking licenses from the state government for providing the customers the smoking facility in their vicinity. Both the proposals were a strict no-no for the law makers and the patrons had no other choice but to go with the orders.
The decision of the court has left the owners of the affected places bitter and they are expressing their grievance on the same. Tom Swoik of the Illinois Casino Gaming Association mentioned that they suffered a 17% loss from the day the ban kicked off. The new smoking laws were "a nightmare" to another patron Rep. Shane Cultra, an Onarga Republican, who claimed that all his visitors traveled to Indiana that is next to Illinois for enjoying the fag and that the smoking ban is affecting his business to a great extent.