Smoking ban in county buildings up for vote

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By Thomas Barr

 SHEPHERDSVILLE -- There were no smoke-filled rooms needed to produce a proposal to regulating smoking inside county government facilities.

The first reading of the ordinance to ban smoking inside any county owned or operated facility was presented to Bullitt Fiscal Court.

A public hearing will be held at the next meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 9:30 a.m. at the courthouse. The public is invited. 

A vote could follow the public hearing.

At a meeting in November, fiscal court members learned that there were no state or local prohibitions to smoking inside government buildings.

With concerns over the effects of smoking in such facilities, county attorney Monica Robinson was instructed to work on an ordinance.

The ordinance, presented at the Dec. 3 meeting, was short and precise.

Indoor smoking would be prohibited in any county-owned facility, even if it is leased to another agency.

This would include the judicial center, the senior citizens facility, the Red Cross building and the Chamber of Commerce/CASA facility.

The ban would include cigarettes, cigars, tobacco pipes, chewing tobacco, snuff, e-cigarettes and any inhalant that emits smoke into the atmosphere.

The prohibition would also include a 15-foot distance from any public entry or exit point of a county facility.

What the ordinance does not regulate is smoking on any property not owned by the county.

Penalties would be $50-$100 for the first offense; $100-$150 for the second offense; and $250 for the third and any subsequent offenses.