Local tavern league members to attend Legislative Day
JANESVILLE Members of the Rock County Tavern League will travel next week to Madison to discuss issues with legislators that affect their businesses, said Sharen Hoskins, co-chair.
Tuesday is Legislative Day, an annual event for the Wisconsin Tavern League that gives members a chance to voice their opinions about issues coming up, she said.
Those issues include a proposed statewide smoking ban that would apply to all bars, restaurants and workplaces.
"There's a lot of concern, especially for smaller taverns that are worried about losing business," Hoskins said.
Kelly Richards, co-chair of the local tavern league and co-owner of Deano's Westside Pub, agreed: "I'm a nonsmoker, but I'm fighting for my rights and freedom of choice. As a small businessperson, don't tell me how to run my business. Cigarettes are not illegal."
Hoskins said 25 of the 77 county tavern league members already are signed up to take a bus from Janesville to Madison.
Other members will meet the local delegation and members of the Wisconsin Tavern League there, she said.
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