Mayor Greg Ballard will officially veto the smoking ban, because it does not meet the expanded requirements he supports. He does not want private clubs like veterans halls included in the ban.
Fox59 has learned Mayor Ballard is currently on vacation, but he will still veto the ordinance on Friday.
The ban was passed by the City-County Council last Thursday with a 19 to 9 vote.
"It would be better if he would have let it go through. I mean give people the choice of what they want to do, but don't involve anyone else in your choice," said Vicky Anderson, an Indianapolis resident.
"I'm extremely disappointed that the mayor wold veto this proposal especially because it is a bipartisan compromise ordinance that went a long way to satisfy people on both sides of the debate," said John Barth, (D) council member.
Democrats on the council argue they are trying to protect children from secondhand smoke. The proposal would offer private clubs an option of going smoke-free or keeping kids and teens out.
"They're private clubs so they should be able to make their own regulations," said Danny Gore, an Indianapolis resident who does not believe private clubs should be included in the ban.
"It's a private club. They are quite capable of deciding if they want to go smoke-free or not on their own. I don't think city business needs to tell them if they need to do that or not," said Aaron Freeman, (R) another council member.
The proposal would expand the city's 2005 city-wide smoking ban to include bars, bowling alleys and hotel rooms
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.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun