At last night's Gillette City Council meeting, the council had consideration of two ordinances on second reading. Both passed second reading with amendments also approve at the meeting.
The first ordnance was to amend the Gillette City Code to include electronic Cigarettes in the definition of tobacco products, which may not be sold, given, or delivered to minors. The ordinance would bring local law in line with state law, making the legal process easier for municipal court. City Councilman Ted Jerred explained the need for an amendment to that ordinance.
“The amendment took out an old state statute that said parents could buy minors cigarettes and provide them. We took that out, so parents cannot buy a minor e-cigarettes.”---Jerred
Also last night, the council had the second reading of an ordinance to define “bottle clubs”, and provide for their operation only in establishments operating by virtue of a liquor license. That ordinance also received a vote on an amendment that passed.
“Where it sits now, to have a bottle club, a full retail liquor license will be needed.”---Jerred
Jerred said the 60/40 food to liquor ratio required for a restaurant liquor license had the potential to provide on unfair advantage since a bottle club would, in a sense not be selling alcohol because the public would be bringing the alcohol in.
“So, they would not have that 60/40 split; so, they would not have the same basic rules as a bar and grill, or restaurant.”---Jerred
Council member Louise Carter-King cited the amendments as good examples of why ordinances go through three readings.
“I think it is good that we still have a third reading in case something else comes up.”---LCK