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Minnesota considers repealing parts of smoking ban

If some lawmakers in Minnesota have their way, smokers in western Wisconsin could light up in a bar again by crossing the border.

There are now bills in the Minnesota House and Senate to repeal parts of the Gopher State's public indoor smoking ban. The Senate version would allow smoking in taverns which have separate rooms with air ventilation systems.

Republican Michael Jungbauer of East Bethel says it's all about freedom-of-choice. He said that if second-hand smoke did what the American Lung Association and surgeon general claim, it would be illegal under federal OSHA workplace safety regulations.

Minnesota's smoking ban was approved before Wisconsin's. It took effect last July in the Badger State in all bars, restaurants, and other buildings where the general public is allowed.