Louisville Proposes New Smoking Ban

Louisville's new proposed smoking ban bears a strong resemblance to its predecessor.

City officials involved in drafting the ban, scheduled to go before the Metro Council on Dec. 27, say the only differences are that there will be no exemption for Churchill Downs and a change in the way health department inspectors do their jobs in enforcing the ban.

Louisville was forced to redo its smoking ban after Senior Circuit Judge Steven Ryan struck down the old one as unconstitutional.

The ordinance outlaws smoking in all public buildings, including bars, restaurants and bingo halls.

The proposed new ordinance will allow health department inspectors to perform investigations only during business hours and in areas open to employees or the public.

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