Lincoln's Smoking Ban Takes a New Twist

By  | 

Reaction to the city council's change of heart was mixed Tuesday morning. Bar owners called it a victory, while public health officials say they'll now ask the council to withdraw the proposal.

Council member Terry Werner says he's frustrated by the recent change among council members. He says he doubts the council will ever pass the ordinance now that it's been watered down.

The new amendment passed after Councilman Jon Camp changed his pervious vote against the food exemption. Camp says employees have a choice about where they work and that the government shouldn't legislate against the freedom of choice.

The council hopes to have a final vote on the proposal during their Dec. 15 meeting. The vote was delayed because Councilman Jonathan Cook was ill and unable to participate in Monday's meeting.