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The Dispatch wrote Smoking-ban changes opposed by both sides 

Sunday, November 16, 2008

By Jim Siegel

Two years after locking horns in a bitter fight over a statewide indoor smoking ban, the Ohio Restaurant Association and anti-smoking groups are now on the same side, fighting proposed exemptions to the law.

Voters overwhelmingly approved the smoking ban in 2006, and since then some veterans groups, bar owners and others have called for the legislature to carve out exceptions to the law.

Thirteen senators have signed onto Senate Bill 346, which would allow smoking at certain family-owned businesses and private clubs. Meanwhile, House Bill 592 would exempt stand-alone bars from the ban.

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