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Businesses find loopholes in South Dakota law banning smoking


Some South Dakota business owners found ways to get around their state's smoking ban leaving some to wonder if tougher legislation should be put in place.

Two years after taking effect places like Ike's Bingo, in North Sioux City, have cut a long hole in wall that's covered by a soffit. Smoker's are happy because they don't have to go outside, and it's legal.

Some lawmakers blame loose wording for the loophole... but one who owned a restaurant for years... says she thinks Iowa and South Dakota should roll back the smoking ban. Patty Miller, (R) North Sioux City, SD said, "I could never understand how that state or South Dakota could ban something that is legal and control it in our businesses."

Miller says the smoking ban was devastating for business. However, South Dakota House Minority Leader Bernie Hunhoff says it's unlikely the smoking ban will come up for debate this session.

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