Vice President of the City-County Council Brian Mahern said he hasn't been able to stop thinking about the failed smoking ban. Council members failed to override the mayor's veto at Monday's meeting.
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The proposal was originally passed by the council in a 19-9 vote. It would have expanded the city's 2005 city-wide smoking ban to include bars, bowling alleys and hotel rooms.
Mahern is proposing a new smoking ban that would give private clubs the option to choose smoking or non-smoking. It also allows them to choose whether children or grandchildren of members are allowed. Under his plan, though, smoking private clubs cannot host public events like weddings or serve as polling sites for election day.
"It's a fallacy to think that one day it can be smoking and the next not. The chemical stays in the carpet and furniture. It's still dangerous."
Mayor Greg Ballard has said he didn't want private clubs like veterans halls included in the ban. Fox59 reached out to Mayor Ballard's staff following the council's vote.
"The mayor has been very clear on what he will support. We cannot speak to this new proposal until we see the language of it," said Marc Lotter.