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Fishers Passes 1st of 2 Smoking Bans

The Fishers Town Council voted 6-0 to ban smoking on public property, in public buildings and in government owned vehicles yesterday. The Republican dominated Council, spurred on by special interest groups such as Smoke-Free Indy passed the new ordinance and imposed a penalty of $100 for violators. They are setting up smoking areas for employees, at the discretion of their town manager's "discretion", but those areas are, according to the Noblesville Times only for the use of employees and not for visiting taxpayers.

The Fishers Town Council has scheduled a September 18th meeting at which they will discuss imposing a 2nd ban which...
"...would ban smoking in virtually every private business, including restaurants and bars."
They will allow public commentary on their proposed ban at an October 2nd meeting, according to Republican Town Council President Scott Faultless.
"It's not been scheduled, but I expect to be in the first meeting in October", said Town Council President Scott Faultless. "Unless something unforeseen happens that causes a delay."
Something like public opposition to the further destruction of private property rights, personal responsibility and self determination, Mr. Faultless?

Fishers is likely to follow in the footsteps of other localities which have imposed anti-smoking ordinances, given their penchant for bigger government and intrusion in the private sector. That this comes from a Republican dominated council is no surprise to Libertarians and others who value concepts such as the free market and individual responsibility. People who do not like smoke are not forced to conduct business with establishments which allow smoking and establishments which forbid smoking do not force smokers to do business with them. This is a cornerstone of the free market and one which no local government has any business interfering in.

The Libertarian Party of Hamilton County will be attending the upcoming meetings and will speak out against any ordinance that removes the right of property owners to determine their own course where this subject is concerned.

Concerned parties may contact the Hamilton County LP via email at:

The Fishers Town Council members may be contacted via their website and we urge all concerned citizens to voice their opposition to this ban.

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