At Monday's City-County Council Meeting, the Republican Caucus in the City-County Council voted almost in lockstep against overriding Mayor Greg Ballard's veto of the smoking ban. It was the latest head-scratcher in the no brainer that should be a comprehensive smoking ban in Marion County.
Sixteen Democrats held serve, but the three Republicans that crossed the aisle to vote for the ordinance refused to cross back and vote to override the Mayor's veto. The result? Status quo, and, unless the Indiana General Assembly does something, there won't be a smoking ban here in Indianapolis for yet another year. I know the detractors are jumping up and down in victory, but this is going to happen in this city. It's going to happen soon either by the state's doing or by council action (which Zach Adamson is hoping to help get going again).
The really significant thing is the lack of a willingness for fellow Republicans to override Republican Mayor Greg Ballard's veto. Makes me wonder how deeply these R's held their beliefs on this issue. It tells me that the three Republicans that initially voted for the ordinance maybe knew the Mayor was going to veto it anyway if the proposal passed and decided to make a show vote.
That happens in politics on both sides of the aisle. I just hate that it's playing with something like this...a public health issue.
If I were the Democrats on the Council, I would bring up this issue at every opportunity and highlight why Indianapolis' bars and other locations that would have been affected by the ordinance aren't smoke free. Just keep on the pressure.