Bar owner's lawsuit challenges St. Louis smoking ban

1 year 3 months 3 weeks ago December 29, 2015 Dec 29, 2015 Tuesday, December 29 2015 Tuesday, December 29, 2015 9:20:09 AM CST in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis bar owner wants a judge to block the city's smoking ban, just days before exemptions to the law are to expire.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the "Smoke Free Air Act" took effect in 2011 with five-year exemptions for taverns that met certain requirements.

But those exemptions will expire January 1.

As owner of the Trophy Room, Herbert Krischke last week filed a lawsuit asking a St. Louis circuit judge to block the city from enforcing the ordinance or declare it unconstitutional.

The lawsuit argues that the law "grants a special or exclusive right, privilege or immunity" to the deep-pocketed casinos such as the city's Lumiere Place. That casino gets to keep its exemption.

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