Bullitt County postpones smoking ban vote
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Bullitt County leaders are holding off on a vote to ban smoking at all county owned buildings.
Officials put a planned Tuesday morning vote aside until a special session next week to allow more time for the public to comment on the proposal.
In 2011, the Bullitt County Health Department passed a resolution banning smoking in all public places. But that ban was challenged in a lawsuit which is currently pending before the State Supreme Court.
The county attorney claims the proposed ban in government buildings would be the only smoking law in the county. But some want a stronger ordinance that extends to all public places.
Jennifer Hollifield, a resident and part-time employee of the American Lung Association says, "It's important to me as a mom. It's important to me for my own health. It's important for my husband who works in the hospitality industry. Those are the workers we need to protect."
Melanie Roberts, the Bullitt County Judge Executive says, "I encourage all the folks in Bullitt County to come out to this meeting and state their opinion and tell the elected officials what you want, what you believe in. That's what democracy is all about."
No smoking signs are already up at the courthouse.
The public meeting is now scheduled for next Wednesday, January 15th at 6pm in the Fiscal Courtroom at the Bullitt County Courthouse.
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