Officials estimate there are 30 to 40 thousand undocumented immigrants in Central Ohio who could be spared deportation under President Obama’s reform order.
Ohio’s ban on smoking in public places has taken a hit. The Franklin County Common Pleas Court has ruled in favor of a Columbus bar owner who’d been suing the state over the $30,000 in fines he’s accumulated since the ban was put in place.
A conservative policy group is arguing in a lawsuit that Ohio is enforcing its smoking ban too strictly at a time when bars are already hurting.
In the year the state’s smoking ban has been in effect, most Ohioans have gotten used to it, whether they like it or not. Now a lawmaker says the law needs exemptions that voters wanted in the first place.
The Columbus health Department will determine whether a local bar has violated the state’s no-smoking law. If so, it would not be the first time.
It’s been a year since the statewide smoking ban took effect. Wednesday the Columbus Health Department began holding hearings for businesses that have been charged with violating the smoke-free workplace law.
The state senate debated the future of the Ohio Tobacco Prevention Foundation Thursday afternoon. Earlier this week, the House voted to defund the Foundation and assign the state’s anti-smoking efforts to the health department. Governor Strickland and some lawmakers want to use money from the landmark tobacco settlement to fund a jobs bill. The move could bring to an end the foundation’s 1-800-QUIT-NOW help line.
An Ohio appeals court has ruled that state health official erred when they tried to exempt veterans halls, fraternal organizations, and other private clubs from the statewide smoking ban.
It’s been a year since Ohio voters approved a statewide smoking ban in public places and a new study shows most Ohioans like the new policy.
A lawmaker who was opposed to the state’s smoking ban has introduced a bill to allow smoking in what some may see as a fairly obvious place, cigar bars.
Ohio voters won’t be voting after all on a constitutional amendment to water down the new statewide smoking ban.