San Marcos (KXAN) - In a 6-1 vote on Tuesday night, the San Marcos city council voted, in a second reading, to move forward with a stricter smoking ordinance.
The ordinance -- effective June 1, 2014 -- will ban smoking in bars, restaurants, park space and on grounds operated by the City.
San Marcos hasn't updated smoking rules since 1995, when they enacted the clean air ordinance.
After listening to public input and reviewing ordinances in Austin and San Antonio, city council decided to word their ordinance along the same lines.
City council members are providing some leeway for certain businesses that don't have outdoor seating. If the business lacks a patio but they're planning to build one, they must get a building permit by June 1, 2014 and have the patio in place and be smoke-free inside their business by January 2015.
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