Bar smoking ban passes council 10-5

Beginning April 10, smoking in a Dallas bar, billiard hall and most workplaces will be against city ordinance and could result in a $200 fine, after the city council voted 10-5 today to enact the ban. According to the News, councilmen debated four hours on the ordinance. Voting for the ban: Leppert, Garcia, Caraway, Medrano, Neumann, Davis, Allen, Koop, Natinsky and Hunt. Voting against the ban: Jones Hill, Salazar, Atkins, Kadane and Rasansky.

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  • Congrats to the Dallas Council. Finally we can have a lively vibrant healthy setting to vent and release our day’s frustrations. As for the fear of Job losses – Businesses have been as addicted to tobacco as the customers who are actually smoking. This is an intervention for the better of society and will finally liberate a true open door policy to every willing participant that wants a drink or a burger without coughing up a lung. Welcome to the 21st Century Dallas, a place where people strive to live life continually.

  • On Dec, there was an Advocate blog about who was supporting / against this.

    “Councilmembers Wednesday spent quite a bit of time going back and forth about the ideas, with some (the News lists Mayor Tom Leppert, Elba Garcia, Angela Hunt and Ron Natinsky) as supporting the ordinance, while others (Tennell Atkins, Sheffie Kadane, Jerry Allen and Vonciel Jones Hill) are against expanding the current smoking ban.”

    But now reported that Jerry Allen voted in favor of it?

    What made him change his mind/vote?

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