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.


Anonymous said...

Maybe this is a problem that simply doesn't need to be solved.

Current law is fine.

Anonymous said...

Jon, Great blog today

Paul K. Ogden said...

That's the same strategy the American Cancer Society used in the legislature last session. I don't get the mindset. If someone offers you 95% of what you want, how are you better off with 0%? You take the 95% and come back the next year trying to get the 5%.

The arrogance of the ACS really turned off a lot of legislators last year.

Indy Student said...

You're 100% right. I'm against the expanded ban, but it's a pretty easy political analysis. A partial ban can happen now. A full ban, as the Dems are proposing in 2012, just won't get signed by the mayor and there aren't enough Republicans who would support a full ban, especailly if it means overruling a mayoral veto.

Anonymous said...

I am opposed to smoking in public places but for the life of me, I cant figure out the opposition to smoking in hookak bars.