ST. PAUL, Minn. - A Minnesota lawmaker introduced legislation Monday that would allow smoking in bars with ventilation and separated areas.
The bill from Rep. Tom Hackbarth (R-Cedar) would bring smoking back into bars more than three years after a statewide smoking ban took effect.
Under the new proposed law, smoking would still be banned in restaurants, but allowed in bars attached to restaurants as long there are walls and a closed door departing the two.
As for bars, they would need to have a ventilation system installed. The bill would give bars six years to get ventilation installed, depending on how much of their sales come from drinks. The ventilation requirement would kick in next year for bars that sell more food than alcohol.