Liberty smoking ban issue moves to the November ballot

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July 5, 2009

LIBERTY, Missouri: Liberty smoking ban supporters are taking a stricter smoking ban to the November ballot, less than 2 months after the first ban went into effect.[1] The current smoking ban allows smoking in bars, smaller restaurants, bowling alleys and billiard parlors licensed by the city to sell liquor by the drink with certain restrictions.[2] The ordinance states that bars and restaurants would have until April 9, 2010 to comply with the restrictions. However, the proposed measure would take into effect 60 days after approval and would prohibit smoking in enclosed public places and continue to be allowed in outdoor patios. “I think the people they are discriminating against will get together and decide what to do,” said Margie Stambersky, a bowling alley owner and opponent of the smoking ban. Supporters collected more than 1,000 signatures. On May 27, 2009 the city council approved the measure for the November ballot. “This has been a very divisive issue,” Mayor Greg Canuteson said. “On both sides people are very passionate, so it’s appropriate that the voters get to decide.”[3]

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