Radio Iowa blog: Iowa Bar Owners' first day in court, fighting the smoking ban
Excerpted from this post at Radio Iowa blog
I noticed a woman sitting in front of me wearing her bar jacket from the "Two of a Kind" bar in Fort Madison. Bill Duncan, the owner of that bar, is among the plaintiffs in a lawsuit which challenges Iowa's new statewide smoking ban and he was sitting beside that woman to listen as the judge heard testimony and legal arguments from the lawyers involved in the case. ... What follows is a sort of recap of the three hours of courtroom drama, based on my notes. There were no cameras or microphones allowed in the courtroom. The hearing on Friday was about the bar owners' motion for a preliminary restraining order to suspend enforcement of the smoking ban until the case is settled.