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Smoke ordinance dissipates in committee
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano
The Health and Human Services Committee joined the Committee on Ecomomic Development in recommending against a citywide smoke ordinance Monday. Committee members voted unanimously in favor of the recommendation to City Council after a discussion about the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s process of dealing with nuisance calls, and the process that the city’s 311 department uses to track calls. Though they didn’t make any hard promises, Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo said that more diligent tracking of complaints would allow Council to better gauge whether the city should revisit its nuisance ordinance in the future.
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