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Smoking Ban
10:17 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

New Smoking Ban Effort Underway In St. Charles County

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For the third year in a row an effort to create a smoking ban in St. Charles County is underway.

The St. Charles County Council began considering a bill Monday night that would restrict indoor smoking, but exempt any establishment that requires customers be at least 21-years-old. That provision would mean people could continue to light up in many bars and gambling areas.

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Councilman Joe Cronin is the bill’s sponsor and said a ban is critical to protecting public health.

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County smoking ban
5:54 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Bar Owners Plead Case For Ongoing Exceptions To Smoking Ban

The St. Louis County smoking ban takes effect Jan. 2. The county is launching an anti-smoking ban next week.
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The owners of more than three dozen restaurants and bars in St. Louis County filed into the County Council chambers in Clayton today with one request - please let us continue to allow smoking.

The owners were there at the request of Councilman Mike O'Mara, who's introduced a bill eliminating nearly all the exemptions in the county's smoking ban. Currently, bars that make less than 25 percent of their revenue from food may receive an exemption. Bowling alleys and casino gaming floors are also exempt.

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4:14 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Mo. House GOP Defeats 2nd Effort By Democrats To Ban Smoking In Lawmakers' Offices

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Republican members of the Missouri House who smoke will still be able to, while Democrats won’t.


A new rule adopted today by the full House allows each party caucus within the House to set its own rules for such things as whether a lawmaker can smoke in his or her own Capitol office.  Shelley Keeney (R, Marble Hill) chairs the House GOP Caucus.


“I do think it was a good compromise," Keeney said.  "Clearly there were a wide range of views and opinions on the issue.”

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smoking
5:21 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Mo. House Democrats Ban Smoking In Members' Capitol Offices

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Missouri House Democrats can no longer smoke in their own offices at the Capitol.


The decision was not made by the entire caucus, but by the seven Democrats who make up the caucus’ leadership, including Minority Floor Leader Jake Hummel (D, St. Louis).

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Smoking Ban
7:37 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Mo. High Court Will Not Hear Smoking Ban Challenge

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The Missouri Supreme Court will not hear a legal challenge to Springfield's smoking ban, officially ending a lawsuit filed by a bar owner.
 
Attorney Jonathan Sternberg says the state Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear a legal challenge by Jean Doublin, owner of Ruthie's Bar in Springfield.
 
In June, an appeals court rejected Sternberg's argument that the Springfield law conflicts with the state's clean air act. He says a provision in the state law allows smoking in bars and taverns, which overrides the Springfield law.
 

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Morning round-up
9:20 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Morning headlines: Thursday, September 20, 2012

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Three people killed on Grand Bridge following early morning police chase

The Grand Bridge was closed for several hours early Thursday morning as the result of a vehicle crash that left three people dead and another person critically injured.

The crash happened as the car was fleeing police.

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Smoking ban
10:12 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Ballot question to ban smoking in St. Charles County will face legal challenge

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Representatives for Ameristar Casino say they will file a lawsuit Tuesday morning to block a November ballot question on whether or not to ban smoking in St Charles County. 

According to casino representatives, if passed, the ban could put it at a disadvantage because patrons at other casinos in the state can light up when they gamble.

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Morning round-up
9:19 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Morning headlines: Tuesday, August 28, 2012

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Ill. Gov to take action on gambling bill today

UPDATE: As of 9:25 a.m., Quinn has vetoed this bill.
Gov. Pat Quinn isn't giving any hints about what he'll do with a gambling bill that Illinois lawmakers sent to his desk. Today is the deadline for Quinn to take action on legislation that would establish five new casinos in the state. It would also allow slot machines at horse racing tracks.

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Morning round-up
9:25 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Morning headlines: Wednesday, August 15, 2012

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St. Charles County voters could face two anti-smoking ballot measures

St. Charles County voters could face not one but two ballot measures in November that would restrict smoking.

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Morning round-up
6:35 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Morning headlines - Friday, June 22, 2012

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Nixon will announce budget cuts today

Gov. Jay Nixon is expected to announce today if he’ll make any reductions to the state budget – ending weeks of speculation for university and social service program administrators.

Nixon this week signed legislation funding public schools and the state departments of health and mental health without making any cuts.

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