(WICHITA, Kan.) — District Judge Eric Yost delays a hearing on Wichita's smoking ban.
Wichita lawyer Harry Najim challenged Kansas' new indoor smoking ban on behalf of three city businesses. He says Wichita's ban is more restrictive than the state's and therefore supersedes it.
The hearing will now take place August 19 instead of July 15. This means smokers in Wichita can light up indoors, as long as they follow the Wichita ordinance.
Eyewitness News has learned the state requested the delay.
Yost issued a temporary restraining order June 18 preventing the state law from going into effect back on July 1. The new law prohibits lighting up in restaurants, bars and workplaces. However, state-owned casinos are exempt.