Evansville council ties on tougher smoking ban

March 16, 2010

A proposal for tighter limits on smoking in public places in Evansville has stalled after a tie vote in the City Council. The 4-4 vote with one councilman absent Monday night leaves the future of the proposal to ban smoking in restaurants and bars uncertain. Councilman John Friend said he voted against the ordinance because he thought exemptions for Casino Aztar and private clubs were hypocritical. The city's current smoking ban took effect in 2007.