Critics seek repeal of Springfield smoking ban
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Opponents of a Springfield smoking ban have turned in more than 4,000 signatures as they seek to force a repeal vote.
The Springfield News-Leader reported that at least 2,101 of the signatures submitted Thursday must be certified as valid for the petition to advance to the City Council. If the petition is certified, the City Council has the option of adopting it as written or sending it to voters at the next possible election.
The Springfield ban was approved by voters in April and took effect in June. It generally prohibits smoking inside any place where people work or where the public has access, as well as outdoors in playgrounds and other areas.