An Illinois Senate subcommittee held a hearing in Peoria on the controversial Smoke Free Illinois Act. Area business owners are criticizing the law for lacking definitions for smoking in outside patios and beer gardens. State Senator Dave Koehler is putting forth legislation he says can provide clarity on what the law allows:
"To actually put in some rules that tavern owners and bar owners can use to actually comply with the law. Many of the groups here in town thought they were doing that, they were ticketed, and really part of the problem is the rules were never established."
Officers in the Peoria-area issued more than 50 tickets earlier this year for indoor and outdoor smoking ban violations. The subcommittee that held the hearing will likely send a letter to the Department of Public Health this week urging it to meet with lawmakers and draft rules for the law. Senator Koehler's legislation is to be introduced in the fall veto session if thereís no agreement on rules for the smoking ban.
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