Bar Owners Fail To Get Required Signatures To Overturn Smoking Ban

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An effort by bar and club owners seeking to partially reverse the state's smoking ban has been shot down due to a lack of valid signatures.

The group of bar and club owners were pushing a proposal to allow smoking at bowling alleys after 6 p-m, at private clubs and at bars where no more than ten percent of sales are from food.

Attorney General Marc Dann says the group produced just 776 of the required one-thousand valid signatures to get its petition certified.

Patrick Carroll is president of the Cincinnati-based Buckeye