Posts tagged: South Dakota

SD voters get final say on expanded smoking ban

Tweet SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota voters on Election Day get the final say on a 2009 law that expands the state’s indoor smoking ban to bars, video lottery establishments and Deadwood casinos. Lawmakers voted to extend the state’s current ban on smoking in most workplaces and public areas, but a coalition of bars and gambling businesses gathered enough signatures to put the law to a Nov. 2 statewide vote. Don Rose, owner of ... Jump to full article >>

Health Care Group Voices Support For Smoking Ban

Tweet A group of Yankton’s health care professionals gathered Tuesday to voice their support of a law that, if passed, would ban smoking from all restaurants, bars and casinos in South Dakota. The gathering took place at the Avera Sacred Heart Hospital Pavilion was part of a kick-off for the Yes on 12 campaign. Referred Law 12 will be on the ballot in the upcoming election. “I’m going to continue in those efforts and support the passage of ... Jump to full article >>

Smoking ban left to voters

Tweet The way has been cleared for voters to decide the fate of South Dakota’s smoking ban in next year’s general election after Secretary of State Chris Nelson and Attorney General Marty Jackley announced Friday the state will not appeal a Circuit Court decision. Judge Kathleen Trandahl ruled this month that opponents of the smoking ban secured enough valid signatures in a petition drive to meet the threshold for a referendum. The ba ... Jump to full article >>

Smoking Ban To Go To Public Vote In 2010

Tweet That’s because a circuit judge ruled yesterday that opponents of South Dakota’s smoking ban have gathered enough petition signatures to put the measure to a statewide public vote. After testimony ended in a two-day trial, Circuit Judge Kathleen Trandahl found that opponents of the ban had collected 2,244 more signatures than they needed to force a public vote. [caption id="attachment_6408" align="alignleft" width="300" caption=" ... Jump to full article >>

Notary Questioned About Seal In Smoking Ban Trial

Tweet South Dakota’s smoking ban faces one burning question. Did the notaries who verified the petitions do enough to make them official? A two-day trial started Thursday in Pierre. The opponents of the ban are only 18 signatures short of getting the issue on the ballot. Several notaries took the witness stand Thursday and were questioned about how they signed and dated the petitions and if they did it legally. Linda Wegman was one of the ... Jump to full article >>

Cancer Society Joins Smoking Ban Battle

Tweet South Dakota’s statewide smoking ban has now made its way to a courtroom. Both sides of the issue gathered Tuesday in Hughes County where they heard from a judge for the first time. The statewide smoking ban has been a red hot issue since state lawmakers passed the law seven months ago. One of the decisions made Tuesday by the judge is that the American Cancer Society can join the case. The organization argues that the smoking ban s ... Jump to full article >>

Smoking ban foes plan appeal

Tweet Legal challenge on petition signatures could affect other notarized documents The coalition opposing a public smoking ban in South Dakota plans to appeal a ruling by the secretary of state that would bar them from putting the issue before voters. And as it turns out, one potential issue for litigation could have wide-ranging ramifications on all sorts of notarized documents. After scrutinizing nearly 10,000 signatures on petitions to put t ... Jump to full article >>