Assembly to vote on smoking ban

Posted: Monday, October 01, 2001

JUNEAU The Juneau Assembly is scheduled to vote on an ordinance at a meeting tonight that would ban smoking in many more public places.

The proposal would ban smoking in restaurants, offices, stores and other enclosed public places. Business owners, Assembly members and representatives of the Juneau Tobacco Prevention Network met last month to discuss how the proposal would apply to restaurants with bars.

In response to suggestions from Assembly members, the city attorney drafted a list of possible amendments so that first-time offenders would get a warning and business owners have 180 days after the effective date to comply. The ordinance also would be subject to an Assembly review no later than Jan. 1, 2003, and a person couldn't smoke within 10 feet of a building's entrance, under proposed changes.

A work session about the ordinance was scheduled at noon today. The Assembly meets at 7 p.m. in regular session at Assembly chambers.

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