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Atlanta City Council Approves Ban on Smoking and Vaping in Specified Public Places

Post Date:07/01/2019 8:31 PM

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Atlanta, GA 30303

Michael Ulmer, Communications Specialist
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July 1, 2019 

Atlanta City Council Approves Ban on Smoking and Vaping in Specified Public Places 

ATLANTA — The Atlanta City Council approved legislation Monday prohibiting smoking and vaping in Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, city facilities, and other specified public places (Legislative Reference No. 19-O-1205). Smoking and vaping are prohibited in bars and restaurants, excluding outdoor seating or serving areas. The legislation aims to protect the public against exposure to secondhand smoke.

The Council also approved legislation to convert Baker Street NW between Centennial Olympic Park Drive NW and Piedmont Avenue NE from a one-way street to a two-way street (Legislative Reference No. 19-O-1234).

The Council voted to file legislation establishing a task force to engage the community in a conversation on the name of Rodney Cook Sr. Park and other concerns (Legislative Reference No. 19-R-3753).

Other items approved by the Council during Monday’s meeting include:

• A resolution to apply for a Fiscal Year 2019 U.S. Department of Transportation Better Utilizing Investments To Leverage Development (BUILD) discretionary grant in an amount not to exceed $16 million for the construction of the Atlanta BeltLine Southside Trail (Legislative Reference No. 19-R-3758)

• A communication from Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms appointing Joshua Williams to serve as chief operating officer for the City of Atlanta (Legislative Reference No. 19-C-0072)

Additionally, District 3 Council member Antonio Brown introduced a resolution requesting Invest Atlanta create and administer a new community loan fund program to encourage small and micro business development and revitalization within Atlanta. The legislation was referred to the Community Development and Human Services Committee and the Finance and Executive Committee.

Members of the Council presented proclamations in honor of Officer Peter Diaz of the Atlanta Police Department and in recognition of the Atlanta Music Project and Drew Charter High School Golf Team, the 2019 Georgia Class A Public State Champions.

The Council’s Finance and Executive Committee has an upcoming work session, which will be held Monday, July 8 at 11 a.m. to discuss pending Department of Procurement legislative items that will amend the procurement and real estate code in Atlanta’s code of ordinances. The work session will be held in Committee Room No. 1 at Atlanta City Hall, 55 Trinity Ave SW.

Atlanta City Council
The Atlanta City Council is the chief policy-making body for the City of Atlanta. It acts by considering and enacting all laws that govern the City. The council also approves the operating and capital budgets for the City as recommended by the mayor, and it continually monitors revenues and expenditures for local government operations. The Atlanta City Council reviews and has final say on many land-use and zoning matters. Major economic development projects for the City also fall under the council’s consideration.

The Atlanta City Council is comprised of 12 districts and three at-large posts. Council representatives include: Council President: Felicia A. Moore; District 1: Carla Smith; District 2: Amir Farokhi; District 3: Antonio Brown; District 4: Cleta Winslow; District 5: Natalyn Mosby Archibong; District 6: Jennifer N. Ide; District 7: Howard Shook; District 8: J.P. Matzigkeit; District 9: Dustin Hillis; District 10: Andrea L. Boone; District 11: Marci Collier Overstreet; District 12: Joyce M. Sheperd; Post 1 At-Large: Michael Julian Bond; Post 2 At-Large: Matt Westmoreland; and Post 3 At-Large: Andre Dickens.

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