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The Winfield chapter of Veterans of Foreign Wars battles ban on smoking

Winfield City will soon have a legal fight on its hands. The Winfield chapter of Veterans of Foreign Wars made good on a promise to challenge the city commission’s Nov. 3, 2008, decision to ban smoking in all public places in the city, including private clubs, with a lawsuit, according to Winfield City Attorney Bill Muret.

“The VFW filed a motion requesting a temporary stay of the ordinance,” said Muret.

Wichita-based attorney Orlin Wagner originally filed the suit requesting a temporary injunction of the ban in the Cowley County District Court on Jan. 1, Muret said.

He failed to pay a $5 service fee, however, so the injunction request was not served to the city until Feb. 11, according to city clerk Diane Rosecrans.

All suits against the city must be served to the city clerk by a court officer, Muret said.

In January 2008, the City of Newton passed an ordinance similar to Winfield’s. It was challenged by the Newton branch of the VFW and Wagner also handled the case.

On Dec. 22, 2008, Harvey County District Judge Carl Anderson ruled that the ban does not violate any constitutional rights and dismissed the lawsuit.

Muret added that the legal representation of the city will be handled by the city’s insurance company, Employers Mutual Casualty Co. of Wichita, Muret said. The insurance company has provided legal representation when legal challenges against the city have arisen in the past.

“The city carries insurance that covers different types of lawsuits,” Muret said. “Then (the city) contact the insurance company, and they decide whether it’s covered under the city’s insurance policy. The insurance company will then hire their own attorney to look at the case.”

Muret said that despite the many attempts across the country to repeals smoking bans, he doesn’t foresee a constitutional challenge to the Winfield ban going anywhere.

“I think that smoking bans everywhere have been challenged but have been upheld,” Muret said. “I expect the same to happen here.”

A court date in the case has not yet been set by the Cowley County District Court, he said.

“The court has looked at it at this time, but it has not been set for a hearing,” said Muret.

VFW canteen manager Tammy Cox said she was instructed by Wagner not to discuss specifics in the case, but she did say she has high hopes for the suit.

“I’ve got lots of comments, but I just can’t say anything right now,” said Cox

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