Mesquite becomes a comprehensive smoke-free city
The Mesquite City Council passed an ordinance on June 6 that prohibits smoking in places of employment after business hours and makes Mesquite the 51st city in Texas to be designated as a “comprehensive smoke-free city” by the American Heart Association. This ordinance replaces Section 10-99 of the City Code which only prohibited smoking in places of employment during business hours. The ordinance takes effect immediately. Smoking within indoor places of employment is now prohibited at all times, eliminating secondhand smoke exposure at the workplace. For details on the ordinance, visit www.cityofmesquite.com/SmokeFree.
Photographic enforcement of school bus stop arm violations authorized
On June 6, the City Council passed an ordinance to allow the city to adopt a photographic enforcement program for school bus stop arm violations and establish a civil penalty of $300 for violations. The photo enforcement system will capture illegal passing violations of vehicles while students are loading or unloading a school bus. The ordinance becomes effective July 1, 2016. An intergovernmental agreement with the Mesquite Independent School District was also authorized. No taxpayer dollars will be needed to fund the program. The equipment and program operation will be funded by citation revenue.