Members of Bowling Centers of Wisconsin hoped to get off on the right foot with state senators today.
The group brought a bowling shoe for each state senator with a note inside urging them to support Senate Bill 202, which would require statewide standards for smoking in bowling centers.
According to Robin Goldberg of Dream Lanes, the local smoking ordinances have put bowling alleys in a difficult situation, with customers going to neighboring towns to bowl.
Robin Goldberg from Dream Lanes says, "it puts the businesses in those communities at a huge competitive disadvantage and bowling centers have found this out firsthand in that last 2 and half months. The Madison bowling centers have had revenues down as much as fifty percent."
Goldberg says 99 percent of Wisconsin bowling centers are run by small business owners, and that's why the state needs to step in and set statewide standards for smoking, so those businesses can get back their competitive advantage.