Smoking Ordinance Second Reading, 2021 Budget on RS City Council Agenda

Smoking Ordinance Second Reading, 2021 Budget on RS City Council Agenda

ROCK SPRINGS — In order to align with federal and state laws passed changing the age at which tobacco products can be purchased or used from 18 years old to 21 years old, the Rock Springs City Council will review an ordinance for a second time this week.

The Council is scheduled to meet at its regular meeting on Tuesday, October 20, at 7 pm at City Hall. One of the items on the agenda is the the second reading of an ordinance titled “Offenses Concerning Public Morals and Decencies.”

According to the ordinance, the City of Rock Springs has determined it’s necessary to amend the age for the possession, gift, sale, and use of tobacco to be consistent with both federal and state laws recently passed, which raised the age of use from 18 years old to 21.

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The ordinance goes on to state, the current ordinance “should be amended to prohibit the sale or gifting to, and the use and possession of, any cigar, cigarettes, cigarette papers, tobacco products, electronic cigarettes or any liquids or other substances designed or intended to be used in electronic cigarettes, whether or not they contain nicotine or are derived from tobacco to anyone under the age of 21.”

Three readings are required in order for the ordinance to pass.

Other Business

The Council will also review a request from the finance department to approve the final budget for Fiscal Year 2021. Director of Administrative Services Matthew McBurnett said this isn’t a statutory requirement, but a matter of keeping the city’s business as transparent as possible.

The budget was previously approved in June and this one doesn’t have many changes. McBurnett said this just to make sure all of the department and project funding not spent by the end of June 2020, is transferred over to this year’s budget. An example of a project would be the First Security Bank rehabilitation project.

To see the entire council agenda click here.

The Final Budget for FY 2020-2021 is below.