In the 3-2 ruling, the Court concluded:
We hold that the Amending Ordinance, on its face, violates the Equal Privileges and Immunities Clause of the Indiana Constitution because the disparate treatment—exempting floating casinos with "riverboat" statutory gambling authorization but not land-based bars and clubs, including those with gambling authorization from other statutory sources—is not reasonably related to the inherent differences between the divergently-treated classes.Following the oral argument on the Evansville case which appeared to be very favorable to the bar owners, Attorney Mark Small drafted a complaint on behalf of Indianapolis bar owners that tracked the Evansville complaint. That complaint has sat idle pending the outcome of the Evansville case. Today, Small filed for an emergency injunction against the Indianapolis ban based on the Evansville case.
Although smoking ban plaintiffs lost in the federal court system, those courts shied away from addressing the issue of Indiana's Constitution, namely the state equal privileges and immunities clause. State supreme courts have absolute authority when it comes to interpreting their own state constitutions.
Indianapolis' smoking ban has a gambling facilities exception like Evansville, i.e. an exception that applies to the downtown Indianapolis off-track betting facility owned by Churchill Downs. But the exceptions in the Indianapolis ban actually go further than Evansville. Cigar and hookah bars are exempted from the Indianapolis ban and veteran's halls can also takes steps to be exempted. The same legal principle that led to the Evansville smoking ban being struck down is also present in the Indianapolis. The supposed health dangers of secondhand smoke in a bar and tavern is no different than in an OTB cigar bar, hookah bar or veteran's hall. As such, Indianapolis smoking ban also runs afoul of Indiana's equal privileges and immunities clause.
It would appear that the only choice the Indianapolis City-County Council has to try to preserve the ban is to pass a new ordinance that bans smoking at all 21 and over establishments that serve alcohol. Last time there wasn't enough votes for such a comprehensive ban.