The vote on a smoking ban in Garden City, Idaho will wait for at least two more weeks, as Mayor John Evans has pulled the item from the city council’s July 28 meeting agenda, where it was scheduled to get its third reading.
The mayor has become a vocal opponent of the ban recently, telling KTVB this week that he thinks that it currently doesn’t make any sense. He is concerned about uneven age restrictions for hookah bars and lounges, which would require their customers to be 21, and premium cigar shops, whose customers would be subject to a minimum age of 18 in order to light up in the store. It’s the first time in his 8 1/2 years that he has felt compelled to pull an item from a meeting agenda, according to the Idaho Statesman.
Despite Evans’ action this week, the council could still override his removal and put it back on the agenda for a future meeting, the next of which is scheduled for August 11.