Posted: Jun 27, 2013 9:35 PM by Cody Proctor - MTN News
GREAT FALLS - A group has filed a lawsuit over the legality of "smoking shacks" at some Great Falls businesses.
The Montana Legislature passed the Clean Indoor Air Act in 2005, calling for all enclosed public and work places to be smoke-free by late 2009.
And although it's been almost four years, implementation has been a little hazy.
Several establishments in Great Falls have built "smoke shacks" - areas that some believe push the boundaries on what counts as an "enclosed area."
And after complaints from health official about the shacks, some bar owners are turning to the courtroom to settle the issue once and for all.
But it didn't stop there; a new non-profit organization was formed to counter the suit, saying that others are pushing the limits of the law too far.
The original plaintiffs say their structures were previously approved by government employees, but now it seems the final definition of clean indoor space is left up to the courts.