West Fargo repeals smoking ban

WEST FARGO – The West Fargo City Commission voted unanimously Monday night to repeal the city’s ban on indoor smoking in public places.

No, it doesn’t mean smokers may light up at the water cooler.

The step was taken because a statewide initiated measure approved by voters in November is a stricter ban on indoor smoking than the one West Fargo had, making the city’s ordinance unnecessary.

“It’s just cleaner not to have a conflicting ordinance,” City Attorney Brian Neugebauer said.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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