Smoking ban bill snuffs out border cities' option
ST. PAUL - Border cities would fall under the same laws as other Minnesota communities, a House committee decided Monday when debating a statewide smoking ban.
Rep. Bud Nornes, R-Fergus Falls, wanted smoking allowed in border cities' bars and private clubs, but it was defeated on a close voice vote. As the bill stands, headed to at least two more committees before a full House vote, local governments would be allowed to issue permits for smoking in bars.