South Dakota smoking referendum approved for 2010 ballot
PIERRE, South Dakota: The South Dakota Smoking Ban Referendum will appear on the 2010 statewide ballot, after last week's ruling by Circuit Court Judge Kathleen Trandahl. According to Attorney General Marty Jackley and Secretary of State Chris Nelson the state will not appeal the court's decision. Judge Trandahl ruled that referendum supporters had 240 more signatures than the minimum signature requirement.
Previously, Nelson ruled that the group was short 221 signatures. A total of 25,400 petition signatures had been submitted. After an appeal by referendum supporters, the secretary of state further reviewed the signatures. In early November, Nelson ruled that supporters were still shy 61 signatures of the 16,776 minimum requirement to move the measure to the ballot.