San Angelo Smoking Ban Referendum (May 2010)
The San Angelo Smoking Ban Referendum measure may be on the November ballot in Tom Green County for voters in the city of San Angelo.
This measure was supposed to be on the May ballot but was not on the ballot due to legal issues with the petition process.
This measure was not certified for the May election, but support by petitioners have enabled the measure to possibly make it on to the November election now. The city council is currently holding meetings to find out if the measure can be voted on in November.
There was a petition drive that began in January of 2010 that aimed to get a smoking ban measure on the May ballot. The petitioners needed to collect 5,000 signatures by February 12 in order to get the measure onto the ballot. The measure seeks to ban all indoor smoking and allow smoking only at a 15 foot distance from any entrance.
Petitioners announced February 8 that they had collected the required amount of signatures and is now being reviewed by the city clerk and if that is passed then the city council needs to approve it next. It was also learned that only 2,653 signatures were needed instead of the 5,000 first proposed so petitioners are confident that they have at least that number.
- Standard Times, "City's charter changes will be on ballot," March 8, 2010
- Standard Times, "Council to receive smoke-ban petition," April 5, 2010
- Standard Times, "JACK COWAN: Regardless of election outcomes, U.S. smokers already have lost," February 2, 2010
- Standard Times, "Vote on smoking ban likely," February 9, 2010