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Smoking ban lawsuit trial date set for June

DES MOINES (KWWL) --  Iowa bar owners who say the state's smoking ban violates their rights will take their case to court on June 29th.

Right now, he ban prohibits smoking in nearly all public places including restaurants and most bars.

The Iowa Bar Owners Coalition filed the lawsuit against the director of the Iowa Department of Public Health, the department and the state of Iowa last July 1, the same day the ban went into effect. The group argues the ban is unconstitutional for several reasons.

Some bar owners have complained that business has dropped off since the ban was instituted.

A judge ruled in August that the group's only viable complaint is that the act unfairly allows smoking in some areas -- mainly casinos and fairgrounds -- while banning it in other areas.

Online Producer:  JJ Murray

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