Oct 3, 2012 9:58 PM
HOPKINSVILLE (AP) - Officials in another western Kentucky city have taken a preliminary vote to ban smoking.
The Kentucky New Era reports the Hopkinsville City Council narrowly passed a first reading of the measure during a meeting Tuesday night in which the mayor cast the deciding vote. A second reading must be approved before the law takes effect.
Mayor Don Kemp called the move "progress" and noted that it puts the city in line with others in western Kentucky that have also passed bans.
"We are now joining all of the neighboring cities around here," he said. "Hopefully, if it passes on second reading, then we'll have a smoke-free ordinance similar to Owensboro, Bowling Green, Madisonville, Henderson, Oak Grove, Paducah."
Those opposed to the ban said they didn't want to take rights away from business owners.
"I think that we passed a smoking ordinance that satisfies a few people, but it's not the best one," Councilman Paul Henson said after the vote. "We could have passed one much better. I think we took away rights from private business owners, which is something I totally disagree with, but I'm just glad to see the smoking thing out of the way."
Information from: Kentucky New Era, http://www.kentuckynewera.com
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