Judge Rejects Bid to Delay Springfield Smoking Ban

6 years 11 months 2 weeks ago Friday, June 10 2011 Jun 10, 2011 Friday, June 10, 2011 7:12:00 PM CDT June 10, 2011 in News
Source: Jamie Goncalves
By: Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD (AP) - A Greene County judge has rejected a request for an injunction against a smoking ban in Springfield, meaning the ordinance approved by voters went into effect at just after midnight Saturday morning.

The Springfield News-Leader reports Associate Circuit Judge Jason Brown ruled against the request because the Western District of Missouri Appeals Court rejected similar arguments.

In both cases Kansas City attorney Jonathan Sternberg argued the smoking bans violated a Missouri law that lets bars allow smokin as long as they post signs that say "nonsmoking areas unavailable."

Brown says the same signage issue existed in the Kansas City case and was presumably considered when the appeals court made its decision.

A lawsuit opposing the Springfield ban remains pending.

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