Smoking ban not expected to come up at today's commission meeting

A proposed tougher smoke-free law will likely not come up at the Augusta Commission meeting tonight but might be on a committee agenda next week, General Counsel Andrew MacKenzie said.

The proposed ordinance would ban smoking in all public places, including bars and private clubs, and outdoor work areas such as construction sites. It originally appeared before the Public Service Committee, which voted to have city officials work with public health on drafting an ordinance and then holding public hearings on it. The second of those public hearings was Monday night, so there was probably not time to compile all of the feedback from those hearings in time for the meeting Tuesday, MacKenzie said.

The proposed ordinance might be on the Public Service Committee agenda next Monday, he said.

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