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May 7, 2014 | 3,535 views | 7 comments

FLORESVILLE -- Smokers who visit certain Wilson County buildings will not be able to light up nearby, following the Wilson County Commissioners Court’s April 28 decision.

The order, signed by Wilson County Judge Marvin Quinney April 29, prohibits “all Wilson County elected officials, department heads, employees, invitees, and the general public” from smoking within 20 feet of:

•The Wilson County Courthouse on Fourth Street

•The Wilson County Courthouse Annex (county clerk, Extension agent offices) facing Library Lane

•Wilson County Courthouse Annex II (emergency management, health and public safety offices)

•Wilson County Courthouse Annex III (former Floresville Primary Campus), Third Street.

Due to erroneous information, it initially was reported in the Wilson County News that the commissioners had tabled the discussion due to proposed amendments. However, Assistant County Attorney Katherine Chapman said after the meeting that those amendments were included in the signed version of the order.

Currently, she said, there is no penalty for anyone who violates the smoking ban, which becomes effective once warning signs are installed at the affected buildings. The Wilson County Criminal Justice Center is not mentioned in the verbiage of the policy.

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squawk box  
Pandora, Tx  
May 10, 2014 7:51pm
 
Lighten up Grouch....They could have imposed the twenty foot restriction around public officials instead of public buildings. Be thankful we don't have roving no smoke zones. The nannies walk among us.

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
May 10, 2014 7:36pm
 
It might be useful if the court would publish scientific data that support the (20 feet) safe distance for smoking around a public building. How much safer is 20 feet vs 25 feet ? This data could be considered a PSA and ... More ›

 
Chief Noetall  
Wise, Texas  
May 10, 2014 7:18pm
 
It appears that Judge Bloomberg can do as he pleases and his henchmen will follow. Be wary.. Big Gulps may have a limited life span. Does anyone know if other tobacco use is permitted ???? Foresville AKA Nannyville. Kemo Sabe.

 
Delightful  
Downtown  
May 10, 2014 5:19am
 
Not a smoker, not a doper but I find it rather typically ridiculous that the powers that be outlaw cigarette/cigar smoking while at the same time consider legalizing marijuana. Or, will they then outlaw the smoking of marijuana ... More ›

 
newguyntown  
floresville  
May 9, 2014 12:07pm
 
Glad to see this pressing issue impacting the community has been addressed.. but keep spraying that oil field water to keep the dust down !!

 
Glenn Quagmire  
Quahog, Rhode Island  
May 9, 2014 11:48am
 
For Peanut Festival, I should rent a booth and plant the edge exactly 20 feet from the front door of the courthouse. It'll be a mobile cigar bar called the "20 Foot Club." The back will be open so when you lean ... More ›

 
Concerned Tax Payer  
Floresville, Texas  
May 9, 2014 10:09am
 
So you have a smoking ban and yet there is no penalty if you do it.

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