Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Allegheny County Councilman Rich Fitzgerald agrees with State Senator Robert Mellow of Lackawanna County--that a smoking ban bill, passed by a House-Senate Conference Committee, is unfair to Allegheny County. The bill which was approved by 5-1 vote (Mellow being the only dissenting vote) banned smoking in most workplaces and public places, including restaurants and office buildings. The measure also grandfathered in the Philadelphia smoking ban which took effect in September 2006 on top of the state ban. Fitzgerald feels that it is unfair that Philadelphia can enact its own smoking ban, but Allegheny County cannot. Allegheny County's smoking ban was overturned in court last year.