Hopkinsville Mayor Dan Kemp says he hopes the state legislature will pass a smoke-free ordinance during this year’s session, but he’s prepared to propose a city-wide ordinance if that doesn’t happen.
The House Health and Welfare Committee was supposed to discuss a bill which would ban smoking in most Kentucky restaurants last Thursday, but State Representative Myron Dossett says that meeting never happened when Republican members didn’t show up in protest of Chairman Tom Burch not hearing a bill that would require welfare recipients to be drug tested.
Representative Dossett says this year’s ordinance has much more support than the one from two years ago, as it is more specific and can’t be construed to classify a place of employment anything down to a farmer on his own tractor.
Hopkinsville Mayor Dan Kemp says many states have already enacted laws banning smoking in most public places and that’s what he wants for Kentucky.
If that does not happen, Mayor Kemp vows to give an ordinance to City Council in April.
Just as Representative Dossett says it’s hard to say how the House would vote on state legislation, it’s also difficult to predict how council would come down on the issue. Mayor Kemp urged Hopkinsville residents to let their council-member know how they feel about going smoke free.