Thursday, December 8, 2011
Take the Compromise
Democrats appear to be digging in for a fight over the expanded smoking ban in Marion County eschewing the compromise reached a few days ago in favor of what might be a stricter ban that has exactly zero chance of becoming a city ordinance.
The Indianapolis Star reports that Councillor Joanne Sanders, the outgoing Minority Leader of the Council, doesn't think many Democrats are on board with Council President Ryan Vaughn's compromise that essentially carved out exceptions for existing hookah bars, tobacco shops, cigar bars, and private clubs or fraternal organization that vote to allow smoking. Vaughn allegedly drafted his proposal according to what Mayor Greg Ballard would sign.
If the Dems don't compromise with Vaughn, gridlock will probably ensue, and we will not get anything as citizens. Ballard will not sign a tougher ban, and the Democrats don't have a veto-proof majority on the Council. No ban? That means there will still be more smoke than there needs to be in Marion County.
While the compromise is not what most Democrats want, it's a start and a move in the right direction. I think that the Dems on the Council should reconsider their positions on this compromise.