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Top lawmaker frustrated by smoking-ban enforcement

DES MOINES (KWWL) - The leader of Iowa's Senate Democrats says he's frustrated by local authorities who refuse to enforce Iowa's state smoking ban.

Mike Gronstal says hesitance on the part of county attorneys -- or outright refusal -- to enforce the ban annoys him. He says if county attorneys "want to pass laws, they should run for the Legislature."

Gronstal says after a couple bars lose their liquor licenses because of ban violations, he expects to see more compliance.

State Attorney General spokesman Bob Brammer says he doesn't think there's widespread violation of the ban, but says the state can't force county or city attorneys to take action.

Online Reporter - Brady Smith

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