On July 5, smoking will be banned in taverns, restaurants, businesses and all public places across Wisconsin. The law was passed in 2009, but its effective date was delayed to give their businesses a chance to add outdoor smoking areas or make other changes. WisconsinEye is a private public affairs cable network that airs gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Wisconsin Legislature, including floor sessions, committee meetings and other programs of state interest such as panels, town halls, and programs about state history. The coverage is available live both on the cable network as well as through the WisconsinEye website.
In its Newsmakers show on May 26, the new smoking ban law was discussed by Maureen Busalacchi, executive director of SmokeFree Wisconsin; Jim Palmer, executive director of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association whose officers will be called upon to enforce the ban; Keith Daniels, owner of the Harmony Bar in Madison and a supporter of the ban, and Scott Stenger, Tavern League of Wisconsin lobbyist.