Petition to repeal Springfield smoke ban certified

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — The Springfield city clerk says a petition seeking to repeal a new smoking ban in Springfield contained enough valid signatures to force a new vote on the issue.

However, the city council could act on the proposal before an election is held.

The Springfield News-Leader reports (http://sgfnow.co/yXVFSx) City Clerk Brenda Cirlin on Monday certified that petition organizers collected enough valid signatures.

The city council can approve the petition as is, which would replace the smoking ordinance passed in April with earlier regulations. Or it could choose to send the question to voters in June.

The new ban generally prohibits the use of tobacco products or electronic cigarettes in any indoor area where people work or the public has access. Opponents want more exemptions to the ban.

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Information from: Springfield News-Leader, http://www.news-leader.com

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