Hopkinsville City Council decided tonight to table the first reading of the proposed smoking ban ordinance, which has been a hot topic for the past several months with residents who oppose the ordinance saying a government body should not dictate how a business operates.
Councilwoman Ann Cherry made the motion to exempt businesses with less than 12 employees with the motion passing on a 6 to 5 vote with Council members Peggy Everett, Phillip Brooks, Kimberly McCarley, Don Ahart and Charlie Henderson voting against it.
Mayor Dan Kemp says he is unsure whether or not he could support the ordinance as amended.
Mayor Kemp says council members will have another opportunity during the August 23rd Committee of the Whole meeting to discuss and express their concerns about the proposed smoking ban ordinance.
During the public comments portion of tonight’s meeting several residents stated that they were not in favor of the proposed smoking ban, while a lone resident stated he supported the ordinance because he says it supports healthy living.