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KY3 News Springfield

February 29, 2012 by staff 

KY3 News Springfield, A petition to overturn Springfield’s ban on smoking in most public places has enough signatures to force the City Council to take action. Voters approved that ban last April and it went into effect in June.

A group called Live Free Springfield turned in the petition for a proposed ordinance that would overturn the smoking ban. City Clerk Brenda Cirtin says her office certified that the petition has 2,171 valid signatures of registered voters in the city; the group needed at least 2,101 valid signatures.

By city charter, the proposed ordinance goes to City Council for a public hearing on March 12. The council could vote on the ordinance on March 26. If the Council rejects the proposed ordinance, it would go to a public vote on June 5 in an election that would cost the city $80,000 to $100,000 because no other issues would be on the ballot. The City Charter apparently doesn’t give the city a choice to postpone the election to Aug. 7, when voters will decide party primary races for county and state offices.

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