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Evansville’s Smoking Ban Overturned by Indiana Supreme Court

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The Indiana State Supreme Court has overturned the Smokefree ordinance in Evansville.  In a 3-2 decision, the court deemed that the ordinance violates the Indiana Constitution’s Equal Privileges and Immunities Clause.

“Today we hold that this clause invalidates an Evansville ordinance expanding the city’s smoking ban to bars and restaurants but exempting its only riverboat casino (“the Casino”),” the decision says.

This doesn’t make the smoking light go on everywhere in Evansville. The state passed a law that went into effect in 2012 that prohibits smoking in most public places.

The court ruling will make it allowable again to smoke in fraternal clubs and some bars or taverns that do not allow people under 21.

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