- Associated Press - Thursday, September 22, 2016

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) - The Richland City Council has rejected a proposal that would have banned smoking or using electronic cigarettes in public parks, calling the measure “government overreach.”

The Tri-City Herald reports (https://bit.ly/2daU0jV ) that the council voted to send the partial smoking ban back to committee for modifications. The proposal would have banned smoking or vaping near playgrounds, groomed beaches, aquatic facilities, city-owned docks or marinas and in spectator seating at city-owned venues.

Pasco and Kennewick both ban smoking in some areas of public parks.

Councilman Brad Anderson, a nonsmoker, said the proposal was a case of overreach, as it tried to eliminate the legal activities of smoking and vaping.

The council agreed that smoking should be banned in areas near children, but said the list of places was too long.

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Information from: Tri-City Herald, https://www.tri-cityherald.com

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