NH Bill Would Allow Smoking in Privately Owned Public Places

by Steve MacDonald

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Image Credit: Taylor Aleks

The New Hampshire Legislature is considering a bill that would allow smoking in privately owned places where the public congregates at the discretion of the property owner.

HB 279 would “…makes changes to the indoor smoking act.  Under this bill, smoking would not be prohibited in public conveyances which are privately owned, restaurants, grocery stores, and cocktail lounges.  

Private property owners who interact with the public could decide whether or not it suits their business interests to allow smoking. The general public would be free to frequent them or not.

This is clearly a property rights issue but will the Jaspercrats back it? Can it get through the State Senate? Would Gov. Sununu sign it?

H/T Bart Fromuth/Facebook.

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