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Bar Owners to Turn off Lottery Machines in Protest of Smoking Ban

20 May 2003

WATERTOWN, New York – As reported by the Associated Press: ``Some upstate bar and restaurant owners plan to turn off Quick Draw lottery game machines Monday to protest the passage of a law that virtually bans smoking in any place of business in New York.

``Those participating in the protest said that, by depriving the state of revenue from the Quick Draw game, they hoped to publicize concerns that the smoking ban will hurt business at bars and restaurants.

``…The state legislation, signed into law by Gov. George Pataki in March and scheduled to go into effect in July, would end smoking in many places where it is allowed despite the state's 1989 Clean Indoor Air Act.

``… Some bar owners said they will continue to operate the electronic lottery game…"

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