DUNCANVILLE (CBSDFW.COM) – One North Texas city is considering a much stricter smoking ordinance. A big crowd is expected at a Duncanville Town Hall Meeting tonight to broach the subject.
Duncanville’s current smoking ordinance is more than a quarter-century old and City Manager Kevin Hugman says the city council was prompted to consider a newer, stricter law.
“We have some citizens that came to the council meeting and asked for the council to consider a comprehensive smoke free ordinance,” he explained. “So, we wanted to have a discussion at a Town Hall Meeting.”
The possible change is in the very early stages. In fact, Hugman said, “We have not even drafted our ordinance yet. So, what we’re doing is talking with the citizens about, ‘here are the different types of things that are in a model ordinance.’ And we want to get their input and their feelings on it.”
Some of the possible changes to the ordinance could include banning smoking at places of business, places of employment, enclosed public spaces, and private clubs. Hugman says coming up with exact parameters isn’t something that can be done easily. “It can be a controversial issue, so that’s especially why we want to have this discussion – to help us frame that ordinance.”
Duncanville’s current smoking ordinance dates back to 1989.
Tonight’s Town Hall Meeting starts at 6 p.m. and will be held at the D.L. Hopkins Jr. Senior Center located at 206 James Collins Boulevard, in Duncanville.
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