Topeka — Shawnee County Commissioners have approved a smoking ban for county property, although the Kansas Expocentre and the county's park and recreation department will be able to set rules for those properties.
The commission voted 2-1 Monday to approve the smoking ban, which will take effect 30 days after it's published Wednesday in the official county newspaper.
Smoking inside the courthouse was already prohibited, but the new ban means courthouse employees and the public will no longer be able to smoke even at designated outside entrances.
A first violation of the resolution will be a misdemeanor punishable by a fine up to $100; a second violation within one year will bring a fine up to $200; and a third within one year could bring a fine up to $500.
The resolution gives management of the Kansas Expocentre and the county's parks and recreation department authority to decide where smoking is allowed on those properties. The ban doesn't apply on county roads.