Council expected to pass e-cig ban Monday

Published 1:02 pm Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Austin City Council will likely pass a ban on smoking e-cigarettes in public places during a public meeting Monday.

The council voted 4-3 on March 2 for the ban. Council Members Jeremy Carolan, Janet Anderson and Steve King supported the measure while Council Members Judy Enright, Jeff Austin and Michael Jordal voted against. Mayor Tom Stiehm supported the measure as a tiebreaker in place of Dave Hagen, who was absent.

The measure needed to pass unanimously during its first reading, but council members can approve the policy on a majority vote at a March 16 public meeting.

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Council members passed a one-year moratorium last April banning the use of e-cigarettes and hookahs in public places and businesses. Yet the issue divided the council, which voted 4-3 for the ban twice before enacting it. The council once again voted 4-3 on Feb. 16 to move the issue forward.

The council will also discuss a dangerous dog, hiring more than one police officer, and more at their public meeting and subsequent work session, which starts at 5:30 p.m. Monday inside the City Council Chambers.