Sarah McKenzie

The toughest vote for the smoking ban

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Councilmember Lisa Goodman represents lots of bars - and lots of folks who hate smoking. Here's how she made her decision.

City Councilmember Lisa Goodman (7th Ward), who represents Downtown's business district and Loring Park and Elliot Park neighborhoods, had perhaps the toughest voting decision on Minneapolis's recent smoking ban.

A staunch business advocate, Goodman initially came out against the ban, raising concerns about the potential negative impacts on bars and restaurants. However, when the Council voted July 23, she supported a full ban --

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