Council delays smoking ban vote

Published: Oct. 23, 2014 at 7:09 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 24, 2014 at 2:02 AM CDT
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Lubbock City Council has voted to postpone their vote on a smoking ban ordinance.

The vote to delay passed 4 to 3, with Council Members Jim Gerlt, Victor Hernandez, Latrelle Joy and Floyd Price all voting to postpone the vote.

Lubbock Mayor Glen Robertson was not happy to see the vote postponed.

"We had over 100 people in here tonight, 150 people wanting to hear us discuss and vote. I think we did them a disservice. The good news is, hopefully it will be addressed again. I say that; I don't have an issue if it's not readdressed," Robertson said.

This comes after four members of the Lubbock City Council indicated that they would vote against the measure.

Lubbock Mayor Glen Robertson explained his position on Monday:

"I think it's overly restrictive," Robertson said. "I think the ordinance we have on the books now works. It gives people an option to go into places that provide a smoking atmosphere and it also gives owners the option to not have smoking, and I'm talking sports bars and night clubs," he said. "I think it would be a complete overreach by government because the ban on it is pretty all encompassing."

Council Member Karen Gibson spoke out against the ordinance in a radio interview on Monday, saying, "It's not our job to tell a business how to run their business."

Jeff Griffith said he would vote no during a radio call-in on Thursday.

Council Member Jim Gerlt announced his position on Facebook, saying the ordinance "is way, way over the top."

"I cannot support it as is," Gerlt said.

Council Members Latrelle Joy and Floyd Price are in favor of the ordinance.

Council Member Victor Hernandez has not revealed his position, but with four "No" votes, the proposal would have failed.

"We're all interviewed on the media, and I've said numerous times that I was going to vote against it. I have no problem with that. There's nothing wrong with that, but when you ready for a vote and the people that proposed it be on the agenda ask to postpone it because they know they don't have the votes to win is not good governance," Mayor Robertson said.

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