May 16, 2007

A statewide smoking ban in Minnesota will go into effect Oct. 1, pending the signature of Gov. Tim Pawlenty, according to Kevin Matzek, director of government affairs for Hospitality Minnesota, an association representing the state's restaurants and lodging businesses. The ban would prohibit smoking indoors, including restaurants, bars and public spaces in hotels, with few exceptions. Smoking would still be permitted in certain hotel rooms. The state legislature approved the ban last week.