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From today's Post:

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Frustrated that the state legislature failed to ban smoking in bars and restaurants, Alexandria officials have come up with a maverick plan of their own that would prohibit smoking in all new eateries and make it more difficult for existing establishments to allow people to light up.

The unusual proposal would use the city's zoning authority to mandate smoke-free restaurants.

If successful, Alexandria would become the first jurisdiction to bar restaurant smoking in Virginia, where the state legislature severely limits local authority. That means individual governments do not have the power to institute outright smoking bans in restaurants and bars, such as those adopted in the District and several Maryland jurisdictions.

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:March 1st, 2007 05:30 pm (UTC)
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this should be interesting.
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From:traag
Date:March 1st, 2007 05:31 pm (UTC)
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er...oops..
From:(Anonymous)
Date:March 5th, 2007 04:10 am (UTC)

Not likely

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I suspect the City has no power to do this under Virginia law.
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