Council plans smoking vote smoking ban
By Evan Belanger
A typographical error in the city's proposed ordinance to ban public smoking will not stop the Decatur City Council from considering the matter at its next meeting.
During a called meeting Monday, the council approved a measure deleting one line in the ordinance.
While the deletion does not impact the intent of the ordinance, it does fix an error that could have allowed smoking in bars, according to City Attorney Herman Marks Jr.
"It basically bans smoking in all public places, especially enclosed spaces," Marks said of the proposal.
A public hearing on the proposed smoking ordinance is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday in the council chambers.
By order of City Council President Billy Jackson, three people for each side will be allowed to speak pro or con on the issue. Each speaker will be allowed three minutes.
The council is expected to vote on the matter immediately following the hearing. If passed, the ordinance will ban smoking in all public places, including bars, restaurants and outdoor sporting arenas.
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