Seattle may still be getting a parks smoking ban, but the punishments for violators will likely be much less severe after a pair of groups protested the ban, saying it would unfairly target the homeless and minorities.
Both the National Association for the Advancement of Colored Persons (NAACP) and Americans Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) were vocal opponents to the proposal, and it was their opposition that led to the city eliminating a fine from the proposal in place of a warning. Yet both groups think the ban is still a bad idea, according to a report from KPLU.org.
The revised proposal does contain language that says two warning could lead to an arrest, as well as providing for a citizen committee to monitor the effects of the ban, particularly as it pertains to the homeless and persons of color.
A recommendation from the Seattle Parks Committee to the Seattle City Council is still expected this week.
Seattle is home to an estimated 652,405 residents.