It took a month longer than planned due to an absent council member and what appeared to be a split vote, but the city of Albert Lea, Minn. has passed a smoking ban.
With the passage of the ordinance at Monday’s meeting, smoking will now be banned at all City Parks, City Hall, the City Arena and in vehicles parked in those locations, with violations charged as petty misdemeanors. The seven-member council voted 4-3 in favor of the ban.
The city has not posted details of the ban, including when it will go into effect and any fines associated with it.
Albert Lea has a population of just under 18,000 residents and is located in the southeastern part of the state, about 100 miles south of Minneapolis.