City Council bans smoking and vaping in public places

The Atlanta City Council approved legislation at its Monday meeting prohibiting smoking and vaping in Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, city facilities, and other specified public places. Smoking and vaping are prohibited in bars and restaurants, excluding outdoor seating or serving areas. The legislation is intended to protect the public against exposure to secondhand smoke. City the full language of the legislation at this link.

In other council action:

The council also approved legislation to convert Baker Street between Centennial Olympic Park Drive and Piedmont Avenue from a one-way street to a two-way street.

 A task force was established to engage the community in a conversation on the name of Rodney Cook Sr. Park.

A resolution to apply for a Fiscal Year 2019 U.S. Department of Transportation Better Utilizing Investments To Leverage Development (BUILD) discretionary grant in an amount not to exceed $16 million for the construction of the Atlanta BeltLine Southside Trail

It was also announced that Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms appointed Joshua Williams to serve as chief operating officer for the City of Atlanta.

Additionally, District 3 CouncilmanAntonio Brown introduced a resolution requesting Invest Atlanta create and administer a new community loan fund program to encourage small and micro business development and revitalization within Atlanta. The legislation was referred to the Community Development and Human Services Committee and the Finance and Executive Committee.

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