Veterans groups want exemption from smoking ban

BOWLING GREEN, KY. (AP) - Two veterans groups are asking a judge to exempt them from a smoking ban set to go into effect in Bowling Green on Thursday.

A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday on the challenge by the American Legion Post 23 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1298, according to the Daily News. Court filings argue that the posts should be exempt because they are private organizations that cater to exclusive memberships.

Meanwhile, a local business owner filed an amended complaint on Thursday in his case against the smoking ban that claims it is unconstitutional.

The city has said the ban was passed out of concern for public health and that similar ordinances have withstood challenges in the Kentucky Supreme Court.

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