April 07, 2008

Damn The Activist Judiciary!

A Federal Judge has upheld the City's ban on smoking in bars. Where people go to drink. And meet other people. And have drinks with them. LIKE I DO.

A federal appeals court today reinstated Austin’s smoking ban in all public places.

A lower court had parts of overturned the ban, which was approved by Austin voters and took effect Sept. 1, 2005, claiming the law was impermissibly vague. The law had been challenged by several Austin bars, which claimed the ban hurt their business.

But the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a ruling filed Thursday but released today, said the law conformed to Constitutional provisions. The appeals court also voided an injunction barring Austin from enforcing the law.

Laugh it up, Glen.

Posted by mcblogger at April 7, 2008 09:40 AM

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