O’Fallon, Mo., smoking ban foes seek another election

O’FALLON, Mo. — Just 15 days after voters passed a comprehensive smoking ban, opponents on Wednesday disclosed plans to gather signatures to spur another election on the issue.

A group called Repeal The Ban notified the city of its intention to petition for a referendum on the ban at a special election in November.

The ban – covering bars, restaurants and other indoor public places in St. Charles County’s largest city – is scheduled to take effect June 16. Supporters got it on the ballot by petition as well.

None of the three people listed on the repeal group’s paperwork submitted to the city – Carrie Ellis, Roman Bettag and Marina Bishop – could be reached for comment Wednesday.

The ban, put on the ballot by a group called Smoke-Free O’Fallon, was approved by more than 72 percent of voters in the April 5 election.

City Councilman Jim Pepper, an outspoken opponent of the ban, said he supports the petition group’s goals but that he didn’t initiate the effort himself.

He has said he would try to get the council to change the ban to allow more exemptions.

Under the city charter, petitioners for a referendum or an initiative law at special elections must get more signatures than those seeking a vote at a regular election such as the one earlier this month.

source: www.stltoday.com

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