McDuffie County Commissioners continue to play a waiting game with the state government in regards to a ban on smoking in public places.
The McDuffie County Smoke Free Air Act was put on hold once again at the April 4 work session to allow commissioners to find out the fate of a state-wide ban that now sits on Gov. Sonny Purdue's desk.
The Legislature passed the statewide smoking ban late in the session, but not without concessions to lawmakers concerned about how much it would impact business owners.
Though the bill started out as a total ban in restaurants and bars, including outdoor patio areas, the final bill gave an exemption to restaurants and bars that do not allow minors inside.
Another exception was given to private offices with less than 10 workers or where an appointment is required for public visits.
Gov. Perdue said he still has concerns about the ban and had not decided late last week if he would veto the legislation.
"This is a tough one for me personally," Gov. Perdue said Friday, the day after the Legislature adjourned for the year. "I am very concerned ... about government being the end-all and be-all nanny for all people."
Gov. Purdue has until May 10 to either sign or veto the smoking ban. If he signs the bill, it will go into effect on July 1.
In the meantime, McDuffie County Commissioners will keep a close watch on the governor's office before making a decision to move on their ban or throw it out.
The state measure allows counties and cities to pass and enforce stronger measures, but Commission Chairman Charlie Newton said McDuffie's proposed ordinance "is a severely watered-down version."