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St. Joseph Chamber Changes Stance on Smoke-Free Ordinance

The Chamber of Commerce board of directors has pulled support of the proposed indoor smoking ban ordinance. Instead, they will remain neutral.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce is officially pulling its support of the city's proposed indoor smoking ban.

The chamber's board made the decision earlier this week.

Chamber President and CEO Patt Lilly says the chamber supports the intent of the law as it tries to create a healthier community. However, he adds the chamber has traditionally supported the rights of business and limiting regulation.

"I think there's a discussion of an issue of business rights concern relative to small business," Lilly said. "There are even concerns relative to large businesses with some of the requirements that they may eventually have to deal with having smoking on their property."

Lilly says he supports the idea of the smoking ban going to a public vote.

He says it's appropriate at this time for the chamber to remain neutral on the subject.
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