At its meeting on Monday, the Albert Lea City Council decided to proceed with consideration of an ordinance that would raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21-years-old, the latest city in Minnesota to consider such an increase.

The decision means that the council will hold public hearings on the matter and conduct at least one vote on the proposal, which could come as early as Feb. 11. It would require two votes to pass, something that could be decided before the end of February, according to a report by AlbertLeaTribune.comThe council voted 4-1 in favor of drafting and considering the ordinance, with two members absent.

Minnesota has quickly become of the leading states to have cities, towns and counties enact what is commonly referred to as Tobacco 21 legislation, and the state legislature also has a bill seeking to make 21 the minimum age to purchase tobacco products statewide.

Albert Lea is located in the southeastern corner of the state, about 100 miles south of Minneapolis, and has approximately 17,700 residents.

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