Smoke-Free Ordinance Draws Debate

Published 05/05 2014 07:30PM

Updated 05/06 2014 07:30AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) A smoking ordinance passed by voters continues to draw debate. Things became heated when St. Joseph's city council met with business owners Monday to discuss how they plan to implement the smoke-free ordinance.

The council admits there are problems with the ordinance and they're considering changes. The smoking ban, which impacts bars and restaurants is still set to begin June 7 without hesitation. But the council has asked for more information about the distance away from a business a person must be to smoke.

The biggest point of contention remains the exemption of the St. Jo Frontier Casino gaming floor. Some city council members believe it's not fair to exclude the casino gaming floor from the ban and want to make changes.

City leaders say they're sensitive about the transition and want to be sure everyone gets accurate information while moving forward with the project. The city plans to air tv and print ads about the ordinance.

The city will also meet one-on-one with business owners to answer any questions as it relates to codes. City council is set to meet again next week.

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