Smokers in Augusta can continue to light up in bars and private clubs, at least for the near future.
Augusta Commissioners voted 6-4 to reject a proposal to strengthen the city's smoking ordinance. Breatheasy Augusta was the driving force behind the measure, and officials promise to be back, but understand there needs to be a cooling off period before another try.
"We're going to take our time, talk to the people of Augusta, make sure our elected officials understand more about what the people want, give people the information that they need about what this does, and work to address some of the concerns Commissioners were speaking about," says Kirk Miller of Breatheasy Augusta.
Mayor Pro-Tem Corey Johnson tried to postpone the vote in an effort to allow Commissioners to make changes to the ordinance. He says that could have changed the result of Tuesday's vote if Commissioners had the chance to discuss it.
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