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From: Cherokee21 DelphiPlus Member Icon2/10/07 9:54 PM 
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Bill to ban new bars near Bear Butte considered
Friday, February 9, 2007

A South Dakota House committee heard testimony on Thursday on a bill to ban new liquor licenses near sacred Bear Butte.

Tribal members testified in favor of the bill. They said noise from bars, and the annual motorcycle rally in Sturgis, disturbs their religious practices.

But the state Department of Revenue and Regulation opposes the measure. The state says local governments should decided issues such as liquor licenses.

The Meade County Commission did that twice last year, by approving licenses for two new bars near Bear Butte. Tribal members protested but the commissioners said their decision can't be put to a public vote or be reviewed.

The House Local Government Committee did not take a vote on the bill. The Senate State Affairs Committee voted 7-2 on January 31 to kill a related measure.

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From: Coconut Queen (JEANNE2469) DelphiPlus Member Icon2/12/07 8:06 PM 
To: Cherokee21 DelphiPlus Member Icon  (2 of 2) 
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I can tell you how to get to the bar business without banning the bars themselves. Last November a very comprehensive smoking ban went into effect in Hawaii. No smoking at all inside any enclosed public building and/or working place, including restaurants and bars. Also, no smoking is allowed under overhangs outside of buildings or open eating places that are covered by roofs or overhangs but are open on the sides. And no smoking within 20 feet of doorways, windows that open or ventillation intakes in public buildings.

Business at bars has gone WAY DOWN becuase people can't smoke while they're drinking. Somehow, smoking and drinking seems to go together and the people who enjoy smoking while they're drinking aren't fequenting the bars anymore. Guess they're drinking at home.



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