Proposed Springfield smoking ban clears hurdle

Wednesday, December 29, 2010 | 7:58 p.m. CST

SPRINGFIELD — Supporters of a proposal to ban indoor smoking in most public places in Springfield have reached a milestone.

The City Clerk's office announced Wednesday that proponents obtained enough signatures from registered Springfield voters to move the proposal forward.

Under Springfield's charter, the City Council now has 30 days to adopt the proposal as an ordinance. Otherwise, it goes on the April 5 ballot for a public vote.

A group called Clean Air Springfield circulated the petition.

The proposal would prohibit smoking in all indoor spaces accessible to the public or to workers in Missouri's third largest city.


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