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RESOLUTION FORMING A TASK FORCE TO ADDRESS NONLEGISLATIVE OPTIONS AND SOLUTIONS FOR INDOOR CLEAN AIR IN DULUTH'S PUBLIC PLACES.

BY COUNCILOR NESS:

WHEREAS, the city council recognizes the rights of nonsmoking constituents to breathe clean air, employees' rights to work in a safe working environment, and the severe health risks associated with smoking and of second-hand smoke; and

WHEREAS, the city council also recognizes the rights of business owners to make decisions regarding their own business and the potential financial burden a smoking restriction would have on some establishments; and

WHEREAS, instead of imposing a universal or omnibus solution onto business owners, the council should promote case-by-case studies and solutions that fit each establishment;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED:

(a) That the council oversee the formation of a task force to address non-legislative solutions to indoor air quality issues in public places in Duluth;

(b) That this committee be comprised of restaurant owners, food service and bar employees, smoke-free coalition members and other interested citizens;

(c) That the committee shall address potential options including, but not limited to:

- A private, low-interest loan fund for air purification systems;

- Promotion of internal evaluation of smoking policies in each establishment with discussions between employees, customers, and owners;

- Seeking promotional opportunities for restaurants that decide to go completely smoke free;

- Evaluation of establishment's nonsmoking sections and promote action to address inadequacies; and

- Suggesting changes to update the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act;

(d) That this committee shall present to the council, at six-month intervals, a report on the progress made in the community to improve the indoor air quality of various establishments across the city; and

(e) That should the council find in a year's time that insufficient progress has been made to address the aforementioned problems, the council may then reconsider an ordinance solution.