Should the San Marcos City Council let citizens vote on a non-binding proposition to ban smoking in public places, and if so, what kinds of places? San Marcos residents and business owners are invited to participate in an open house meeting today to address this question.
The open house will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Room 1 of the San Marcos Activity Center, located at 501 East Hopkins Street.
Another open house is scheduled for July 21, from 6 p.m to 7:30 p.m. at the Texas Music Theater, located at 120 East San Antonio Street.
The city is hosting the meetings to inform the public, obtain input from citizens, and receive guidance from them regarding how a non-binding proposition on public smoking should appear on the November ballot.
Being non-binding, the proposition would not become law upon voter approval. However, if some kind of ban on public smoking has the support of most voters, city councilmembers would likely vote on an ordinance reflective of that desire.
The San Marcos Code of Ordinances allows smoking in bars and in designated smoking areas within restaurants, work places, and even offices in government-controlled buildings. The law bans smoking in public meeting rooms, classrooms, bedrooms and common areas of child care facilities, public areas of grocery stores and other retail stores, meeting rooms and public areas of hotels and motels, meeting rooms and common areas of nursing and convalescent homes, and public areas and common areas of child care facilities.
Unless at least two San Marcos city councilmembers change their minds by early September, the non-binding proposition will appear on the November election ballot. During a meeting earlier this month, five out of seven councilmembers expressed support for a non-binding ballot proposition to further restrict public smoking.
San Marcos Councilmember Fred Terry expressed opposition to both a non-binding or a binding proposition to further restrict public smoking. Councilmember Jude Prather supported a binding ballot proposition only if it allows people to smoke in business establishments that sell tobacco.Email | Print