Is the city of St. Charles next?
In recent months, there has been a surge in proposals related to smoking bans at every level of government in Missouri from municipal ordinances to statewide efforts -- and now officials in St. Charles are soliciting feedback for a preliminary effort labeled the "Smoke-Free Air Act."
"This is a proactive opportunity for the city of St. Charles to explore this kind of legislation on our own as a city," Carol Felzien, director of communications for the city, tells Daily RFT. Starting next week, the city will be hosting a series of public hearings on potential local legislation -- and Felzien emphasizes that this is the first step in a long process.
Advocates that oppose sweeping bans, however, are already trying to organize businesses to come out and protest against any policy that they say could unfairly -- and selectively -- hurt some smoke-friendly restaurants and bars. More »