Winnecke Disappointed With Court's Decision on Smoking Ban

Published 02/11 2014 01:00PM

Updated 02/11 2014 01:16PM

Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke says he is disappointed with the Indiana Supreme Court's decision to overturn the city's smoking ban.

The high court says the ordinance is unconstitutional because it treats the casino different that other bars and restaurants.  The ordinance banned smoking in just about every public place except the casino.

Below is the statement Winnecke's office released:

    "We are disappointed by today's ruling from the Indiana Supreme Court.  The ordinance that was struck down was a bipartisan piece of legislation.  It was passed 9-0 by the City Council and approved by me. The legislation was designed to protect the health and safety of Evansville residents, not to create the so called unequal treatment between bars, taverns, private clubs, and the riverboat casino.  It is important to note that in addition to the bipartisan approval of the City Council and me, the ordinance was deemed constitutional by the trial court, three court of appeals judges, and two of the five Indiana Supreme Court justices.  We encourage businesses to continue to enforce a no smoking policy, while the city continues to evaluate the legal implication s of this ruling." 

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