Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Two Maplewood bars and a bowling alley currently allow smoking. The St. Louis County Council may vote to change that.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis County Councilman Mike O’Mara plans to introduce legislation Tuesday to apply the St. Louis County smoking ban to all bars and restaurants equally, including the county casinos. Three Maplewood businesses would be effected. Brentwood has already banned smoking in all bars and restaurants. Has a smokey environment kept you from any of these Maplewood businesses? What about smokers' rights?
Monday, January 14, 2013
County District 5 Councilman Pat Dolan, representng Maplewood and Brentwood, expects to support new legislation that would remove exemptions from the smoking ban.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis County Councilman Mike O’Mara plans to introduce legislation Tuesday to apply the St. Louis County smoking ban to all bars and restaurants equally, including the county casinos. O'Mara cited the health issue of smoke and was also quoted making the following statement in the Post-Dispatch article. “My goal is to get this ordinance cleaned up so that everyone in the county is on a level playing field,” O’Mara, D-Florissant, said Friday. “I’ve heard from too many owners of bars and restaurants who have convinced me that it is unfair that some businesses have the exemption while others, sometimes located right up the street, don’t.” St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley reportedly …
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Group will ask the St. Louis County Council to eliminate smoking ban exemptions.
Tobacco-Free St. Louis will push the St. Louis County Council to expand the current smoking ban in the county to eliminate exemptions to the 2011 Clean Air Act. Businesses eligible for smoking bans include casinos, Lambert International Airport and bars where food makes up a small percentage of sales. The airport later went smoke-free despite its exempt status. The group made the announcement during a press conference Thursday morning at Three Kings Public House in University City. The group said there are currently 145 exemptions to the ban with the majority of those (56) coming in the North County area. There are 20 exemptions in mid-County, 41 in South County and 29 in the West County area. "The most vulnerable are the ones who are most…
Thursday, August 4, 2011
The chairman of the St. Louis County Council said Tuesday that he is open to extending the ban.
The chairman of the St. Louis County Council said Tuesday in Clayton that he doesn’t expect a move to expand a recently enacted smoking ban to formulate for several months. County Council Chairman Steve Stenger, a Democrat who represents District 6 and lives in unincorporated St. Louis County, told reporters that he would be open to removing exemptions on the county’s smoking ban that went into effect in January. The ban doesn’t encompass certain bars that serve primarily alcohol, casinos or some private clubs. Maplewood businesses must follow the county's smoking ban, but Brentwood passed a more restrictive smoking ban last year. (See related on Patch: Mayor's Tie-Breaking Vote Rejects Smoking Ban Exemption). “I would be in favor of a ban…
Thursday, July 28, 2011
St. Louis County Council members heard public comments from residents who want to end exemptions for certain bars.
For Marty Ginsburg, the St. Louis County smoking ban hasn’t been a boon to his business. Ginsburg – the owner of the Chesterfield-based Sports Page Bar & Grill – told the St. Louis County Council on Tuesday that the nearly seven-month old ban on smoking inside most public buildings hasn’t produced a “level playing field.” That’s because exemptions allow numerous bars that primarily serve alcohol to escape the ban’s reach. And even though Ginsburg was initially opposed to implementing the smoking ban, he was one of five speakers Tuesday who urged council members during a public comment period to remove exemptions. “Personally from a business standpoint, our business is down big-time,” Ginsburg said. “I myself personally, I would have never …
Monday, April 4, 2011
The Brentwood Board of Aldermen voted on the bill during a meeting on Monday night.
In a move that firmly kills the four-month debate surrounding a potential smoking ban exemption for American Legion Goff-Moll Post 101, Mayor Pat Kelly cast a tie-breaking vote against the exemption on Monday night. Third Ward Alderman Andrew Leahy reintroduced a bill that would have amended a city ordinance to allow smoking in the veterans hall. It was originally rejected by the board in February, but Second Ward Alderman Mike Marshall was absent because of health reasons. An approving vote from Marshall would have given the post the total votes it needed to gain an exemption. That gave Leahy and supporters hope. But Third Ward Alderman Keith Robertson switched his vote. He initially voted in favor of an exemption during February's …
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
The exemption bill was tabled because one alderman was absent.
The debate surrounding a smoking ban exemption for American Legion Goff-Moll Post 101 continued on Monday night when Third Ward Alderman Andrew Leahy reintroduced a bill that was defeated on Feb. 7. Leahy, the bill's sponsor, added the bill to the agenda, but asked the board to table it until Second Ward Alderman Mike Marshall returns from his absence. He has been in recovery after enduring a heart attack several weeks ago. The bill originally failed in a 4-3 vote. "It needs five votes to pass. I need a full board," Leahy said after the meeting. Leahy is confident that Marshall will vote to approve the exemption, but the board isn't Leahy's biggest obstacle. Mayor Pat Kelly said he would veto any exemption. Kelly said its unfair to grant …
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
While the county health department reported Saratoga isn't eligible for an exemption, the county revenue department decided differently.
Saratoga Lanes owner Jim Barton can breathe easier today because the bowling center has been approved for a smoking ban exemption by the St. Louis County Department of Revenue. "From our view, they are a licensed drinking establishment and their food sales are less than 25 percent of their total business revenue and, as such, they qualify for the exemption," said Martina Price, revenue department spokeswoman. The decision comes a month after a St. Louis County Health Department inspection found the bowling center's bar is not enclosed and not eligible for a smoking ban exemption. Smoke from the bar floats into the bowling and pool playing areas, two areas ruled as no-smoke zones by the health department. In an e-mail sent to Maplewood-…
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