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April 12, 2011

Webb City Council rejects smoking ban

WEBB CITY, Mo. — Although solidly backed by voters on April 5, a citywide ban on smoking in public places did not get the needed votes last night during a Webb City Council meeting.

The vote was five against and three in favor of the ban.

The mayor had previously termed the vote a straw poll to help the council decide whether to adopt the ordinance. The straw poll passed with 452 “yes” votes and 348 “no” votes.

Although the council is not bound by last Tuesday’s vote, Mayor John Biggs said after the election that he expected the council to reflect the outcome when voting on the ordinance.

Opponents had argued that the ban infringed on residents’ rights, particularly the rights of business owners. Proponents said it is a health issue that looked out for the well being of children and employees.

The council ordinance that was rejected would have prohibited smoking in public places or places of work, including bars, restaurants, office buildings, city-owned buildings, indoor entertainment and recreation venues. Smoking would have still been allowed in buildings used by dues-paying membership groups and stores that primarily sell tobacco.

 

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