Ramsey County Commissioner to spark debate on smoking banby Cathy Wurzer, Minnesota Public Radio
Smoking bans are on the agenda for the Ramsey County Board today when it meets to discuss two proposals. County Commissioner Rafael Ortega is expected to offer one ban that includes all bars and restaurants, and another that would exempt some bars. Ramsey County takes up the issue just as the city of St. Paul debates two proposals similar to Ortega's. The cities of Bloomington, and Minneapolis have recently passed smoking bans that cover all their bars and restaurants. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Ramsey County Commissioner Rafael Ortega.