In his "State of the City
" report to the Board of Aldermen this morning, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay urged aldermen to pass a bill calling for a city-wide smoking ban.
It is not unreasonable to expect the City to take the lead in
progressive policies in the region -- and one way you can do that is by
discussing, modifying as necessary, and passing Alderwoman Lyda
Krewson's smoke-free bill. Nothing quite says "regressive place to
live" to young people like resisting a change already made in 29
states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
Krewson's bill had its first reading last week
before the board. As the bill currently reads, it would only go into effect if (or when) the St. Louis County Council also passes a smoking ban.
Does Slays speech indicate that the mayor would approve a bill that acts without the cooperation of the county? Sort of sounds like it. I've got a message in to the mayor's office for more comment. Look for an update here when I hear something.Update
: Slay's spokesman, Ed Rhode, just got back to me. He says that the mayor still supports a city-wide ban only if the county also enacts a similar law
. "But," notes Rhode, "someone has to take the first step."