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Bill would allow smoking at more outdoor seating

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Legislation introduced last month would roll back a provision of Michigan's smoking ban to allow smokers to light up at outdoor seating for bars and restaurants.
 
The bill's chief sponsor is state Rep. Tom McMillin, R-Rochester Hills. He tells Fox 2 "it's a property rights issue, and that's what our country was founded on is being able to do what you want with your property."

Supporters if McMillin and the bill gathered Wednesday night at The Godfather cigar lounge in Rochester Hills.

Ironically, the owner, Marty Dadou, says he opened the business three years ago in anticipation of the smoking ban. If he knew what McMillin's party was about, he says he wouldn't have booked it. He says he's against McMillin's bill.

Another business owner Victor Paljusaj says he agrees with the ban indoors, but says smoking outside shouldn't matter. He says his sales have nearly doubled since smoking was banned in Michigan restaurants and bars in 2010.
 
Under the proposal introduced in mid-November, restaurants would be able to choose whether to allow smoking in outdoor areas. McMillin said he's a nonsmoker, but that he opposes the ban on smoking at restaurants because he thinks it infringes on civil liberties.

"This is just a choice. It's just giving a business another choice. A lot of them, I'm sure, would say no," McMillin says.

VIDEO: Click on the video player above to hear more from McMillin and business owners in Fox 2's Taryn Asher's report
 
-The Associated Press contributed to this report

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