New Debate Over Madison's Smoking Ban

By: NBC 15
By: NBC 15

Some Madison alders are once again trying to loosen the city's smoking ban.

Tuesday night, they introduced a proposal to restore smoking in bars, bowling alleys, and ventilated rooms in restaurants.

Other alders, meanwhile, offered a resolution to have a public advisory referendum on the issue in April. They are also proposing a temporary exemption for businesses that have been hurt by the ban.

Regardless if the latest attempt to repeal the ban works, city leaders say the voters will likely have the final say.

"What we believe is that we're going to go to referendum regardless. If an appeal were to occur, which I don't think it would, if an appeal were to occur, the health advocates would go to referendum immediately. If an appeal doesn't occur, for the bar and tavern owners really the only court of last resort that they have is to go to referendum," says Zach Brandon, District Seven Alder.

A public hearing on the new proposals is scheduled for September 20th.

Madison's smoking ban took effect July first.

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