UPDATE: Referendum on local smoking ban fails to make ballot

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July 31, 2012


By Eric Veram

CHEYENNE, Wyoming: In an unexpected turn of events, it has been reported that the smoking ban referendum will not make the city of Casper's ballot this fall. The referendum failed to qualify after missing the 1,896 valid signature mark, despite turning in around 2,000 singed petitions. Organizer Pat Sweeney expressed his feelings on the outcome, saying, "We’re very disappointed. We’re disappointed for the community in that the community doesn’t get to vote on their feelings." This means that the ban will take effect in the city on September 1 of this year.[1]

July 15, 2012

CHEYENNE, Wyoming: According to reports, Pat Sweeney, a businessman in the city of Casper, submitted about 2,000 signatures on Monday, July 9. Opponents of the smoking ban have until Tuesday, July 17, to submit their final petitions to the city. At least 1,896 valid names are need to qualify the measure for this year's ballot.[2]

July 2, 2012

CHEYENNE, Wyoming: In late June the Casper City Council passed an ordinance prohibiting smoking in all bars, restaurants, clubs, public buildings, businesses, and work places. The council has, however, agreed to postpone implementation of the ban until after the results of a ballot referendum are known following the general election. Mayor Kenyne Schlager, a member of the council who voted in favor of the ban, has said that the council supports the veto referendum and that the council had to pass the ordinance in order to give people the chance to vote on the issue. Supporters of the referendum must gather 1,900 signatures of Casper residents who are registered to vote with 20 days of the council's vote in order to place the question on the ballot.[3]

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