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Dillon opposes bill that would negate smoking ban

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Summit County CO Colorado

DILLON ” The Dillon Town Council voted Tuesday evening to oppose a bill in the state senate that would allow smoking in businesses licensed to sell liquor, despite local smoking bans.

Councilmember Don Parsons, a retired doctor who was instrumental in establishing a countywide smoking ban in 2003 as the head of SmokeFree Summit, asked his fellow councilmembers for permission to lobby against Senate Bill 103 on behalf of the town.

The bill not only threatens the town’s smoking ban and that of 30 other communities in Colorado, but it could endanger local control, Parsons said.

Senate Bill 103 would authorize smoking in establishments licensed for on-premise alcohol consumption, like bars and restaurants, for a $500 fee. It would also prohibit local authorities from enforcing smoking regulations more stringent than the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act.

Parsons said he plans to testify against the bill during the legislative session.

(Look for a full story on Senate Bill 103 and its potential impacts in Summit County next week on the web and in the print edition.)

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