Smoking Ban Could Change Before July Enactment

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City council members will be presented with a new alternative to Lincoln's smoke free air act during their Monday night meeting.

The new legislation will delay enforcing the ban until November 1, allow for due process when a violation occurs, and sets out provisions for those bars looking to qualify for an exemption.

Councilman Glenn Friendt says the July 1 deadline became unrealistic when the Health Department and Council members couldn't agree on how the ban would be enforced.

Friendt says the new language addresses exactly how the ban will be enforced and allows for the establishment of an appeals process similar to other health code violations.

The council hopes to speed up the public hearing process and get the ordinance passed within the next few weeks.