The Amarillo City Commission unanimously decided to put the fate of a city-wide smoking ban into the hands of voters.
Today commissioners patiently listened as their regularly scheduled meeting turned in a public hearing for a proposed ordinance to ban smoking in most public places. The petioners "Breathe Easy Amarillo" requested commissioners let the voters decide.
"Well this is a large issue, it's probably the largest issue that Amarillo will face. So rather than put it in the hands of a few commissioners and a mayor, we want the entire population to speak because it's a louder voice." said Breathe Easy Chair, Ken Cargyle.
But, organized opposition to the proposed public smoking ban is now forming around Amarillo. "Speak Out Amarillo" is re-forming to tell Amarillo voters again why the public smoking ban is not for them.