Bill would allow smoking at more outdoor seating - FOX 35 News Orlando

Bill would allow smoking at more outdoor seating

Posted: Updated:
(WJBK) -

Legislation introduced last month would roll back a provision of Michigan's smoking ban to allow smokers to light up at outdoor seating for bars and restaurants.
 
The bill's chief sponsor is state Rep. Tom McMillin, R-Rochester Hills. He tells Fox 2 "it's a property rights issue, and that's what our country was founded on is being able to do what you want with your property."

Supporters if McMillin and the bill gathered Wednesday night at The Godfather cigar lounge in Rochester Hills.

Ironically, the owner, Marty Dadou, says he opened the business three years ago in anticipation of the smoking ban. If he knew what McMillin's party was about, he says he wouldn't have booked it. He says he's against McMillin's bill.

Another business owner Victor Paljusaj says he agrees with the ban indoors, but says smoking outside shouldn't matter. He says his sales have nearly doubled since smoking was banned in Michigan restaurants and bars in 2010.
 
Under the proposal introduced in mid-November, restaurants would be able to choose whether to allow smoking in outdoor areas. McMillin said he's a nonsmoker, but that he opposes the ban on smoking at restaurants because he thinks it infringes on civil liberties.

"This is just a choice. It's just giving a business another choice. A lot of them, I'm sure, would say no," McMillin says.

VIDEO: Click on the video player above to hear more from McMillin and business owners in Fox 2's Taryn Asher's report
 
-The Associated Press contributed to this report

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Ficano to seek fourth term as Wayne Co. Executive

    Ficano to seek fourth term as Wayne Co. Executive

    Friday, April 18 2014 12:12 PM EDT2014-04-18 16:12:33 GMT
    Embattled Wayne Co. Executive Robert Ficano will seek a fourth term. In a release, Ficano says he will kick off his re-election campaign during a news conference on April 21.
    Embattled Wayne Co. Executive Robert Ficano will seek a fourth term. In a release, Ficano says he will kick off his re-election campaign during a news conference on April 21.
  • Judge sentences man whose daughter died in raid

    Judge sentences man whose daughter died in raid

    Friday, April 18 2014 11:34 AM EDT2014-04-18 15:34:43 GMT
    A Detroit man whose daughter was accidentally killed by police during a raid has been sentenced to 40 to 60 years in prison for second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a teenager.
    A Detroit man whose daughter was accidentally killed by police during a raid has been sentenced to 40 to 60 years in prison for second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a teenager.
  • Mazda recalls 109,000 older SUVs for rust problem

    Mazda recalls 109,000 older SUVs for rust problem

    Friday, April 18 2014 10:45 AM EDT2014-04-18 14:45:07 GMT
    Mazda is recalling 109,000 Tribute SUVs in cold weather states to fix rusting frame parts.
    Mazda is recalling 109,000 Tribute SUVs in cold weather states to fix rusting frame parts.
  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
Powered by WorldNow

35 Skyline Drive
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Phone: (407) 644-3535
News Tips: (866) 55-FOX35

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices