WASHINGTON - Atlanta's city council has rejected a proposal that would have restricted use of drive-through lanes at Atlanta businesses on days when air pollution exceeds federal standards.

But the measure's patron, city councilwoman Debi Starnes, vowed to introduce a similar bill next year, despite strong opposition from Atlanta bankers and the Georgia Bankers Association. "I think this will come back up next winter or spring, in time to give businesses a chance to work out the logistics," said Ms. Starnes.

The July 17 vote was closer, 7-6, than in May when the city council voted 10-5 to defeat a more stringent bill introduced by city councilman Lee Morris. Mr. Morris sought to shut down drive-through lanes in Atlanta from May through September.

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