- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 18, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - City officials will vote on a proposed smoking ban for part of downtown Providence.

WPRI-TV reports (https://bit.ly/2oj1ExM) that Providence City Council committee members voted to move the smoking ordinance to the full council for consideration Monday. The ban, which is supported by a group of downtown businesses, prohibits smoking in a boundary that includes Kennedy Plaza and Burnside Park.

The proposed ordinance includes a $50 fine for each offense after an initial warning.

A previous draft of the ban prohibited smoking on most sidewalks throughout the entire downtown area. Councilwoman Jo-Ann Ryan says changes to the proposal are a good compromise.

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Information from: WPRI-TV, https://www.wpri.com

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