Indianapolis City-County Council passes new smoking ban

The city of Indianapolis has again passed a smoking ban. The council approving the proposal 20-9 Monday night.

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The city of Indianapolis has again passed a smoking ban. The council approving the proposal 20-9 Monday night.

The ban specifically targets smoking in bars. It is a compromise with the mayor. The Democrats who sponsored the bill took out the ban on private clubs after the mayor vetoed the previous attempt at a ban.

Getting this proposal through the council hit a snag mid-meeting Monday night when someone from the mayor's office texted Councilor John Barth that there was some concern over the language defining "private clubs."

Barth says he and Councilor Angela Mansfield got to work drafting an amendment during the meeting to make sure that language didn't become an issue later, "Honestly I'm not sure that it matter, but if makes everyone happy and we get a better smoke free policy than it is worth it."

Lindsey Grace with Smoke Free Indy has been working on this proposal. She says it will help create a better image for the city, "All signs are pointing to he (Mayor Ballard) is going to sign this. So we would strongly encourage him to sign this."

Councilor Ryan Vaughn expressed concern over the cutoff dates for tobacco/hookah bars to be affected by the ban, "I think 95% of it's good. I think the 5% I've talked about potentially putting some of these businesses out of business is bad policy. We could have corrected that by sending it back to committee but they elected not to."

Mayor Ballard sent out this tweet Monday night, "Will review the enhanced ban just passed by the Indianapolis City-County Council."

Democrats are still hoping to eventually get a more comprehensive ban, but say they know this proposal was as strong a ban as they could get through right now.

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