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December 15, 2010

Group to launch ballot effort for smoking ban

JOPLIN, Mo. — A group that had pushed for a City Council-imposed smoking ban in public places in Joplin will now try to place the issue before voters via initiative petition.

Krista Stark, spokeswoman for Smoke-Free Joplin, said Wednesday that the group has voted to proceed with an effort to collect voter signatures.

The group will have to obtain 5,925 signatures of Joplin voters to put the issue on an election ballot.

Stark said the group must assemble a 25-member committee required by election law to oversee the petition drive. The group also will write the proposed language that will have to be approved by the city clerk and city attorney as the official ballot language. The goal is to have those two next steps completed by the end of January, Stark said.

She said the group met Wednesday to vote on the issue and agreed on some other details that will be disclosed today in a news release.

For more on this story, pick up a copy of Thursday’s Joplin Globe or register for our E-Edition at joplinglobe.com.

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