Perry: "Public Smoking Ordinance Alive"

The Meridian City Council is working on another proposed smoking ban for the city.

That word came from city councilwoman Mary Perry at the Council of Governments meeting Monday.

An ordinance to regulate smoking in public places was passed by the council in 2004. It was vetoed by then-mayor John Robert Smith.

Over 5 years later, perry says the issue is still alive.

"We are in the process of trying to develop and write one so that it will be one that can be acceptable city-wide, even though we know everybody is not for it," said Perry.

Perry said the council promised people and groups favoring an ordinance that it would eventually bring a new proposal to the table. The issue has been backed by the American Cancer Society.

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