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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

It started out as a simple inquiry about the statewide smoking ban

Here’s a very interesting story that has evaded the attention of the statewide mainstream media, and that’s not surprising.

Mike Hanke of Chippewa Falls has offered a suggestion for his city leaders to consider. Take the current state smoking ban and make it a city ordinance in Chippewa Falls.

HUH, you say? Hanke’s reasoning is thus. If the smoking ban is a city ordinance, then the city could issue tickets to violators rather than having the county district attorney’s office prosecute them.

There’s a question as to whether Chippewa Falls or any other city, town, or village could do this legally.

Meanwhile the law is being violated in Chippewa falls, but the violator doesn’t get it under the law, the site where the violation takes place does.

Hanke wants the city to have power to go after violators because it’s his claim the county is ignoring violators.

You mean to tell me the smoking ban has problems? Hmmmm…

Here’s where it get really interesting. The state Department of Justice responded to Hanke’s inquiry about the effect of a city ordinance that mirrored the statewide ban. It informed Hanke that if Chippewa Falls enacted such an ordinance, “t
he local ordinance may ONLY apply to public property under the city’s own jurisdiction.”

Did you follow? If the city put the ordinance into law, the city could only regulate smoking on city-owned and regulated buildings. The city would not be able to go after smoking inside privately-owned bars.

Here’s more from the Chippewa Herald and kudos for committing a flagrant act of journalism thus far ignored by everyone else in the state.

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