Hayes said it will be important for the committee to collect information from those both for and against a county-wide smoking ban to weigh what is best for the citizens of the county as a whole.
He anticipates there will members that both agree and disagree with a county-wide ban.
“A lot of time it’s just getting the door open,” he said. “It took some people to put their own personal wants and needs aside to look at how to move this process forward. That shows the cooperation that we have on this council.”
Breathe Easy Howard County Coalition member Shirley Dubois said the formation of the committee is “great news” and she hopes to work with committee members to supply input in the months ahead.
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