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Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Video: San Marcos council gives first okay to smoking ban

The San Marcos City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to adopt an ordinance on first reading that prohibits indoor cigarette smoking in virtually all businesses and institutions within the city. Council member Jude Prather was not present but sent a written statement indicating that he supports the ban as well.

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Q&A: Shane Scott on the issues

Answering the San Marcos Mercury's pre-election questions, San Marcos Place 6 council member SHANE SCOTT says the city should consider paid parking in some areas to help fund transportation projects.

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Q&A: Melissa Derrick on the issues

Answering the San Marcos Mercury's pre-election questions, city council write-in candidate MELISSA DERRICK says the city should take all of Cape's Camp for parkland and steer clear of a citywide smoking ban in private businesses.

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Q&A: Ryan Thomason on the issues

Answering the San Marcos Mercury's pre-election questions, council member RYAN THOMASON touts a city council initiative he pushed to increase investment in street maintenance and sidewalk construction.

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

City moves forward with bag ban analysis

A majority of the San Marcos City Council seems opened to, if not enthusiastic about, a suggested ordinance prohibiting most merchants from providing disposable plastic and paper shopping bags to customers.

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Respondents split on proposed smoking ban

Attendees of two recent, city-sponsored open house meetings were split on the issue of whether to further restrict smoking in public areas such as bars and restaurants.

Saturday, July 9th, 2011

Commentary: Clearing the air on proposed smoking ban

In this guest commentary, San Marcos City Council member FRED TERRY comes out swinging against proposed bans on smoking in public places and the display of alcohol in city parks.

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Poll shows support for indoor smoking ban

The latest from Gov. Rick Perry's preferred polling firm, Baselice & Associates, shows that 70 percent of Texans support a ban on indoor smoking, including in restaurants and bars.