Hopkinsville City Council will once again take up a smoking ordinance tomorrow night and could make changes to the version that passed through the Committee of the Whole last month.
The Committee passed a completely different kind of ordinance presented by Councilman Paul Henson, who proposed making restaurants choose to be smoking or non-smoking and to no longer allow them to feature separate sections.
Several council members voiced opposition to that proposal, including Peggy Rogers Everett who cited concerns for the health of the general public and employees.
Councilman Philip Brooks, who has voiced support for a ban of smoking in public places in the past, was absent from that meeting and he will likely be a factor this time around. Henson’s proposal passed on a 6-to-5 vote and a “no” vote by Brooks would have resulted in a tie.
Mayor Dan Kemp has been behind the smoking ban from the start and he would be able to cast the deciding vote on any tie when it comes to the ordinance or amendments. Tuesday night’s meeting will begin at 6:30 to allow members and the public time to attend other events going on in the city.