Mayor Ballard threatens to veto Indianapolis smoking ban

The full City Council will vote on proposed smoking ban with new exemptions. But it's also possible Mayor Greg Ballard could veto the bill.

Council Vote on Smoking Ban

The full City Council will vote on proposed smoking ban with new exemptions. But it's also possible Mayor Greg Ballard could veto the bill. (FOX59, WXIN-TV / January 30, 2012)

Indianapolis

The full City Council will vote on proposed smoking ban with new exemptions.  But it's also possible Mayor Greg Ballard could veto the bill.

A committee passed the plan earlier Monday morning.  The ban would exclude off-track betting facilities, tobacco stores, hookah bars and some other clubs.  It would allow membership clubs to have exemption from the smoking ban but only with a hard choice: keep smoking, or allow children on the premises. But not both.

Mayor Ballard said unless the council removes the restriction on children Monday night, he will veto the measure.

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