BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A proposed North Dakota ballot initiative would ban smoking in all indoor workplaces, including bars, a step that the state Legislature has refused to take since lawmakers approved broad smoking restrictions seven years ago.
The Devils Lake City Commission has banned smoking in city vehicles. The Devils Lake Journal reports that the move came at the suggestion of Mayor Dick Johnson, who said it was hypocritical to have a ban on smoking in public places while still allowing employees to smoke in city-owned vehicles.
The majority of people in Devils Lake have voted to ban smoking in public places in the city. But the Devils Lake City Commission is supposed to have the final say. On Monday, the commission met and talked about the ban.
The citizens of Devils Lake have passed an advisory vote to ban smoking in the city. 57.8% of voters recommended the city commission pass a ban on smoking. The issue will now go to the city commission for further action.
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