Council votes to expand citywide smoking ban

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The Indianapolis City-County Council voted in favor of an expanded public smoking ban Monday night.

Members voted 19-9 in favor of expanding the citywide ban to include bowling alleys, hotel rooms and most bars. Tobacco shops, hookah bars and some private clubs would be exempted. The measure needed one more vote to become veto-proof.

The measure still needs the signature of Mayor Greg Ballard to become law. Ballard said he would veto the measure because it won't exempt private clubs that host children's events.


  • novelty lighters, anthem
    What is your problem? Why do you care what these people do? If you want to control someone Join a Cult. Trying to control the entire state or city - are you mad? This is just another step in control of the state and the people.
    Really i havent been to a smoking establishment in years. But guess what the guys in the shop smoke, and i go out there occassionaly, so you are making that illegal. Give me a break, you all need to go home and pass judgement on yourselfs. Nanny.
  • Constituents
    Mayor Ballard was elected to represent and serve his constituents. If the majority of his constituency wants non-smoking, it is his duty and responsibility to do everything within his power to see that their wishes are acceded to. However, because he is a smoker, he wants to exempt facilities where he is likely to go (i.e., Veteran's halls). That is a selfish disregard of the trust the citizens of Indianapolis placed in him.
  • Hookah bars
    Hookah bars should be outlawed outright. All they are is a place for kids (many under age) to drink and smoke.

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  1. "bike lanes, specialized lighting, decorative signage, public art, grass medians, trees and rain gardens" These are all nice things to have, but can we freaking get the hundreds of potholes all over the city fixed first?!?!?!!?!?!

  2. When a criminal with multiple prior convictions serves five days of a one year sentence and later kills a police officer with a weapon illegally in his posession, residents of Boone County need to pay a tax to drive to work... PERFECT Progressive logic.. If, on the other hand, a fund were to be set up to build more prisons and hire more guards to keep the known criminals off the streets, I'd be the first to contribute.

  3. Not a word about how much the taxpayers will be ripped off on this deal. Crime spirals out of control and the the social problems that cause it go unheeded by an administration that does not give a rats behind about the welfare of our citizens. There is no money for police or plowing snow (remember last winter) or or or or, but spend on a sports complex, and the cash flows out of the taxpayers pockets. This city is SICK

  4. Sounds like a competitor just wanted to cause a problem. I would think as long as they are not "selling" the alcohol to the residents it is no different than if I serve wine to dinner guests. With all the violent crime happening I would think they should turn their attention to real criminals. Let these older residents enjoy what pleasures they can. Then again those boozed up residents may pose a danger to society.

  5. Where did the money go from the 2007 Income tax increase for public safety that the Mayor used to stir opposition and win the election and then failed to repeal (although he promised he would when he was running for election)? Where did the money go from the water utility sale? Where did the money go from the parking meter deal? Why does the money have all these funds for TIF deals and redevelopment of Mass avenue, and subsidy for luxury high rises, parking garages in Broad Ripple, and granola chain grocery stores but can not find the money to take care of public safety. Commuters shouldn't have to pay the tax of failed leadership in Marion County by leaders that commuters have no say in electing. Taxation without representation.