Council President Ryan Vaughn to Introduce Enhanced Smoking Ban
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November 15, 2011


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Council President Ryan Vaughn to Introduce Enhanced Smoking Ban

Proposed Ordinance to be introduced on December 5 to take effect prior to the Super Bowl

INDIANAPOLIS (November 16, 2011) – City-County Council President Ryan Vaughn today announced that in the spirit of bi-partisan cooperation that he will introduce a proposed enhanced smoking ban for council consideration on December 5, 2011.  The proposed ordinance could be eligible for final passage on December 19, 2011.
 
“Incoming council leaders have indicated a desire to pass an ordinance in January prior to the Super Bowl,” said Vaughn.  “However due to state requirements that new regulations with penalties be posted for 30 days prior to taking effect, it would not be possible to enact this ordinance in January and enforce it prior to the Super Bowl.”
 
The proposed ordinance from Council President Vaughn would significantly enhance the smoking ban that has been in effect in Indianapolis since 2005.  The new ordinance would remove the exemption to the current smoking ban for hotel rooms, bars, restaurants serving only patrons over the age of 21 and bowling alleys with the following exceptions:
 
Cigar/Hooka Bars: must annually generate $100,000 or 15% of gross revenue from tobacco products, only tobacco sold on site would be permitted to be consumed.  Cigarette smoking would be prohibited in these establishments.
 
Retail Tobacco Business: whose primary business is the sale of tobacco products. 
 
Not-for-profit private membership clubs: exempt from federal taxation and meets the definition of “private” or “fraternal” club under state statute.
 
“It is clear the majority of people in Indianapolis support the expansion of the current smoking ban to include bars and bowling alleys,” said Vaughn.  “The common sense exemptions to the ban for cigar/hooka bars, tobacco stores and private clubs meet the Mayor’s requirements and I have been told that he would sign this ordinance, if passed in this form by the Council.”
 
A draft of the proposed ordinance will be available on the City-County Council website on Friday, December 2, 2011.  If passed by the Council and signed into law by Mayor Greg Ballard, the ordinance would take effect on January 22, 2012, two weeks prior to the Super Bowl.
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