- Associated Press - Sunday, April 30, 2017

BARRE, Vt. (AP) - Barre city councilors are backing down from a bill to create a smoke-free downtown.

The Barre-Montpelier Times Argus (https://bit.ly/2oBj0Ky ) reports city council did not have enough votes to pass the year-round ban on smoking. Mayor Thomas Lauzon says he was unwilling to cast a tie-breaking vote.

Lauzon says enforcing a ban that covers both streets and sidewalks “would prove problematic.”

Instead, Councilor Lucas Herring says he is working on a new proposal to temporarily ban smoking in areas during special events. He is also proposing a 25 feet smoke-free buffer zone around parks and playgrounds. Penalties would be adjusted for those found in violation of the ban.

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