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Few show up for hearing on smoking ban in social clubs

CONCORD — A bill to ban smoking in social, fraternal and religious clubs drew few people Tuesday for a public hearing.

The only person to testify on Senate Bill 382 was the bill’s prime sponsor Sen. Lou D’Allesandro, D-Manchester.

He said the clubs have been exempt from the smoking ban for restaurants, bars and work places, but now some clubs want to have the state make the requirements the same.

He said the bill was requested by the members of Sweeney Post 2, which has recognized that smoking is not a good thing.

D’Allesandro acknowledged the clubs did not need legislation to ban smoking in their clubs but added “you know how that works.”

The Senate has to act on the bill by the end of the month.


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