SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -

A highly anticipated presentation on expanding a smoking ban in Sioux Falls that was expected to take place this afternoon was pushed back.

Officials delayed the topic because of unexpected comments from one city council member.

The health department wants to expand tobacco restrictions to include all city property including sidewalks and parking lots near parks, popular venues like the Denny Sanford Center and the Arena, and city golf courses.

But before this topic could be discussed, Councilor Theresa Stehly was gaveled down after speaking out against an executive session that was about to take place.

"I've been bullied, intimidated and threatened. I've been told not to talk to the media, not to advocate for citizens, get on board the city is my boss, you never criticize my boss. I said to that, 'hey the citizens are my boss,'" says Stehly.

Stehly says the executive session was to brush up about ethics, but she believes that discussion should have been held in the public.

This discussion is expected to continue at the 7:00 p.m. council meeting.
We'll have more on KDLT News at 10.