Tuesday, June 14, 2011

St. Charles County Executive Vetoes Bill Calling for Vote on Smoking Ban

Posted By on Tue, Jun 14, 2011 at 2:32 PM

Ehlmann argues that smoking ban cannot play favorites.
  • Ehlmann argues that smoking ban cannot play favorites.
Steve Ehlmann, the executive of St. Charles County, today announced that he's vetoed a bill that would place a countywide smoking ban on the ballot in November 2012.

In a press release today, Ehlmann took objection to provisions in the bill passed last month that would allow Ameristar Casino and certain cigar bars in the county to continue to allow smoking under the ban. (St. Louis County and St. Louis have similar exceptions for casinos under their smoking bans.)

Said Ehlmann in his statement: "...I believe that when a regulation is passed to improve public health, exceptions to that regulation would be totally irrational. If the purpose of the smoking ban is to protect the health of employees, there is no rational reason to exclude casino floor workers. If tobacco smoke is harmful, there is no reason to exempt cigar bars, while regulating bars that allow cigarette smoking."

The county council, which approved the bill by a 4-2 vote, could override Ehlmann's veto if it secures a fifth vote in favor of the ban.

H/T: St. Charles Patch

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