SD Smoking Ban May Go To Public Vote
June 22, 2009, 11:23 AM
Petitions bearing an estimated 25,000 signatures have been filed to refer a South Dakota law that would ban smoking in bars, restaurants and casinos to a public vote.
A coalition representing bars, Deadwood casinos and video lottery casinos submitted the petition signatures to the secretary of state's office. If at least 16,776 valid signatures are on the petition documents, the smoking ban would be placed on the November 2010 ballot for a statewide vote.
The smoking ban is scheduled to take effect July 1. But if it is put to a public vote, it would be suspended from taking effect until voters decide its fate next year.
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