Friday, February 10, 2012

Our Response to Veto of Proposal 18

INDIANAPOLIS – Smoke Free Indy is strongly disappointed with Mayor Ballard's decision to veto Proposal 18. We stand with the 70 percent of Indianapolis residents who support this proposal and who were looking forward to enjoying a smoke-free Indianapolis. It is especially frustrating since Mayor Ballard indicated his support in November for this exact language regarding a private club exemption that he now claims is the basis of his veto.

This is not the first time Mayor Ballard has flip-flopped on this issue. In 2007, while running for Mayor of Indianapolis, he wrote to a constituent, "I can assure you that I am a supporter of the smokefree workplace. Secondhand smoke is a proven health hazard and I would support any legislation to limit the impact of secondhand smoke."

We encourage the City-County Council to keep working on behalf of the people of Indianapolis to pass the strongest law possible that protects employees and patrons in all workplaces, including restaurants and bars.

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