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Bar in smoking ban fray gets liquor license back

WEST BURLINGTON (AP) -- A bar owner who says Iowa's Smokefree Air Act is unconstitutional has gotten his liquor license back.

The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division said Friday that Larry Duncan must sign an agreement to comply with the smoking ban until his challenge of the ban is settled in court.

Duncan owns Otis Campbell's Bar and Grill in West Burlington. The agency revoked his liquor license effective April 8 for failing to comply with the ban. The new license would go into effect Monday.

Duncan says the smoking ban that became law in July 2008 violates the Iowa Constitution because it doesn't treat all businesses the same. While the law bans smoking in bars and restaurants, it exempts the gambling portions of casinos.

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