SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The debate over a proposed South Bend smoking ban reignited at Monday’s meeting.
Several bar owners also spoke out, asking the council to drop the idea.
The council tabled the ordinance last month, which would go a step further than Indiana’s ban by prohibiting smoking in bars and private clubs.
Several council members wanted more time to discuss the idea with the city of Mishawaka and St. Joseph County to see if they are interested in adopting similar rules.
Both entities say they are willing to meet, but have not indicated they are on board.
South Bend bar owners now want the proposal to be withdrawn.
Gavin Ferlic, the main sponsor of the bill, will meet with Mishawaka and the county before the council takes the issue up again next month.