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Hillsboro, Ohio - the fate of one of the strictest bans smoking inside the nation rested in a small town in the classroom of tobacco growing in the mountains on Wednesday. When the seven judges on the road in southern Ohio, the state Supreme Court called for the implementation of the voter to declare a state passes the law unconstitutional in a case involving a tavern in Columbus, which was given 10 citations and fines for a total of $ 33,000 for allowing patrons to light up. In particular, courts have focused on how voters pass regulation is distinguished from other taxes by the government to enterprises, as well as the state Department of Health to focus on business owners rather than individual smokers who violate the law.

Maurice Thompson, attorney for the Center for Constitutional Law, 1851, represented the Victorian tavern Zeno people. He argued that the application is to take private property by restricting activity to pre-existing customers of the bar. To reverse the lower court's decision and the restoration of fines against Zeno, District 10 based in Columbus ruled that Zeno had an administrative remedy available to answer questions, but chose not to participate in most their appointments.
After struggling to collect fines imposed, the government has changed tactics in recent months by going after the liquor license of repeat offenders. The Ministry of Health reported that the October 3, more than 2,600 fines were issued a total of $ 2.6 million but only $ 636,567 had been collected.
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The arguments in the 1834 courthouse in downtown Hillsboro, about 40 miles from the Kentucky line, marked the 62nd High Court Off-site session, so students and other members of the public to see legal action . Lawyers who have been involved in the cases were made available for debriefing post-student arguments.
The smoking ban challenge was chosen because of interest applies to all cases. Highland is one of a handful of counties in southern Ohio, where snuff is grown for the cigarette industry.
The judges were in Hillsboro, after the arguments that deliberate in private and not make an immediate decision. "And 'swept away all their profits. ..." He said.
The state, however, responded that the law imposes a greater burden on the business owner, noting that individuals can not be cited for violating the law unless we first ignore a warning to eradicate cigarette company. Elizabeth Long, assistant counsel of the Office of the Attorney General of Ohio, said the violation of smoke were seen by state officials who attended the complaints received through an anonymous online status. Ms. Long said that some of the quotes Zeno said the failure of the prohibition of smoking in the signs and remove ashtrays as required by law.

He urged that the Court does not extend to the hygiene and safety of the earlier decision that protected private property owners by the government exercises its power of eminent domain to take property because he believes that the land could be used so more economical. "In essence, this would result in the invalidation of a number of laws in the future that were adopted to regulate public health, safety and general welfare," said Long. The judges seemed interested in the process that led to citations and especially the fact that no one smokes individual has never been quoted, while the many bars that Zenon a. "They chose the name of the owners of the bar. ..." Said Thompson. "Not even to check if the smoker continues to smoke after being told to stop."
Voters approved a ban on smoking in 2006 in all indoor activities that have at least one employee and invite the public inside, making Ohio the first state in the Midwest to adopt such a ban. Implementation began in 2007. The prohibition applies to offices, bars, restaurants, stadiums closed, and any other workplace, with few exceptions. The power of repression at the hands of the State Health Department, which in most cases, delegate this authority to local officials. Zeno was cited by the Columbus Health Department.

Corporate violators receive a warning on the first offense and are listed for each subsequent offense increases the penalties for chronic offenders. In recent months, the state began to run after the Liquor Licensing repeat offenders to compel the payment of fines."We are talking about an institution that is authorized by the State of Ohio,''Justice Paul Pfeifer said.
"The food is regulated by health authorities. These rules do not come into your home. ... They reach only a business open to the public." Court hears an appeal from the 10th District Court of Appeals decision last year that overturned a decision of the Franklin County Common Court Pleas hit what he saw as inconsistent application of the rule of the law.


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