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Republican Smoking Ban Proposal Snuffed Out In Indy

The latest proposal would have exempted some private clubs from the ban.

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An amendment weakening a smoking ban in Indianapolis may have led to a committee rejecting the ban Tuesday.

The smoking ban proposal that would have prevented people from lighting up in Indianapolis hotel rooms, bowling alleys and most bars has been defeated by the City-County Council‘s Rules and Public Policy Committee. The group voted 6-to-2 Tuesday to reject Council President Ryan Vaughn‘s plan after listening to more than an hour of testimony from residents on both sides of the issue.

Although the full council could revive a smoking ban at its Monday meeting, the rejection is a setback for advocates of the latest proposal. Democratic councilor Angela Mansfield says an amendment allowing minors in VFW halls and in private clubs outside smoking areas is what killed the ordinance.

“I really did want us to move forward. I still believe we can next month, but throwing out this curveball — the amendment, at the last minute — does not get us where we need to be heading,” Mansfield says.

The proposal previously garnered the support of Mayor Greg Ballard and the group Smoke Free Indy. Mansfeld expects to revisit the issue next year after Democrats regain control of the full council.

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