Indoor smoking ban advances in Kirkwood

KIRKWOOD — Promoters of a ban on smoking in indoor public places have enough signatures on petitions to start the initiative process that could lead to a vote on the proposal.

The St. Louis County Election Board announced Tuesday that the petitions had 1,089 valid signatures, 54 more than the number the city charter requires to start the process. The City Council has until Sept. 5 to deal with the initiative.

If the council rejects or takes no action on the proposal, it would go to voters, perhaps at a special election in November. Mayor Arthur McDonnell said he hoped the council would consider the initiative on July 16. With very few exceptions, the measure would allow smoking only in private homes, private vehicles and outdoors.

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