Bullitt County health board will appeal judge’s ruling against smoking ban, with financial help from Clark County

The Bullitt County Board of Health will appeal a local judge’s ruling that it lacks the authority to impose a smoking ban, and it will get some help from the board in Clark County, one of four where bans have been enacted by health boards instead of county fiscal courts.

The $5,000 will come not from tax dollars, but from “money received from the University of Kentucky for consulting services provided by Health Department Director Scott Lockard,” Rachel Parsons of The Winchester Sun reports. UK “contracted with the Clark County Health Department so Lockard could work with the university and other local public health directors on smoke-free issues.”

If the Bullitt County ruling is upheld, the decision could invalidate regulations enacted by health departments in Clark, Madison, Woodford and Hopkins counties. At the Court of Appeals, “If they uphold the lower court’s ruling, then we will have an injunction against our ruling until it goes to the Supreme Court, so we will suspend the enforcement of it until we get a final determination,” Lockard said. “We fully anticipate that the ruling will be in favor of the boards of health, because this is just a very narrow interpretation.” (Read more)

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