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In one state, all cities and most towns have antismoking

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In one state, all cities and most towns have antismoking [#permalink] New post 05 May 2012, 02:47
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In one state, all cities and most towns have antismoking ordinances. A petition entitled “Petition for Statewide Smoking Restriction” is being circulated to voters by campaign workers who ask only, “Do you want to sign a petition for statewide smoking restriction?” The petition advocates a state law banning smoking in most retail establishments and in government offices that are open to the public.

Which of the following circumstances would make the petition as circulated misleading to voters who understand the proposal as extending the local ordinances statewide?

A. Health costs associated with smoking cause health insurance premiums to rise for everyone and so affect nonsmokers.
B. In rural areas of the state, there are relatively few retail establishments and government offices that are open to the public.
C. The state law would supersede the local antismoking ordinances, which contain stronger bans than the state law does.
D. There is considerable sentiment among voters in most areas of the state for restriction of smoking.
E. The state law would not affect existing local ordinances banning smoking in places where the fire authorities have determined that smoking would constitute a fire hazard.
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Re: GWd #15 V 38 [#permalink] New post 05 May 2012, 03:06
The OA of this question has been very controversial, C vs E.
I initially picked C, but after reading the question again and looking at other people's opinions, I changed my mind into E.

My understanding is like this. feel free to point out flaws.

Q: What misleads the voters to think that the petition is extended from the local ordinances?

C doesn't have anything that could mislead the voters. It is just a prediction that the state law would supersede the local antismoking ordinances.

On the other hands,
at the end of the passage, the author says that the petitions advocates a saes law banning smoking in most retail establishments and in government offices that are open to the public.
And E says that the state law doesn't change the non-smoking places determined by the local ordinances.
Combining those two above, the state law bans smoking in most retail establishments and in government offices while the state law doesn't change non-smoking places determined by the local ordiances.
This might make the voters to think that the petition is extended from the local ordinances.


I am not sure if I explained clearly. It's so hard to explain sth complicated in English, which is not my first language.
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Re: In one state, all cities and most towns have antismoking [#permalink] New post 19 Nov 2012, 11:02
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The OA to the above given question is C .

It's from the GMAT prep.

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