[Nfbmo] Springfield MO Voters Pass City Smoking Ban

Debbie Wunder debbiewunder at centurytel.net
Wed Apr 6 18:04:35 UTC 2011

Hi Dan, I don't think that KC is smoke free.
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Subject: Re: [Nfbmo] Springfield MO Voters Pass City Smoking Ban

> Gary,
>   This is great!   After the truly huge margin of  support for the St.
> Louis City/County smoking ban referendum last year, and now  with 
> Springfield
> passing an anti-smoking ordinance, we are beginning to see that  the tides
> have definitively changed in favor of the public's right to breathe  air
> unpolluted by other people's drug of choice.
>     The St. Louis County ordinance caved in to the  demands ofo the
> casinos who managed to get a provision to exempt themselves from  the 
> smoking ban
> - a very unfair exemption.   Since we won about 69 to  31, there are
> initiatives to further the ban to the casinos in the area.  I  wonder - is 
> KC
> smoke-free?  I think Columbia is.
> Dan
> In a message dated 4/5/2011 8:59:19 P.M. Central Daylight Time,
> horchemg at gary-springfield-mo.net writes:
> Good evening  folks the days of smoking on public buildings is over here 
> is
> the article from  kolr 10 TV
> (Springfield, MO) -- Voters in Springfield have passed an  ordinance to
> make all businesses in the city smoke-free.
> On Tuesday, the  proposed "Question 2" on the ballot (official wording
> below), passed.
> The  smoking ban makes lighting up illegal in Springfield inside any
> enclosed  business or private club. Smokers can't take a drag within five 
> feet of
> a  playground, and smoking will only be allowed in fewer than a quarter of
> hotel  rooms.
> Supporters of the ban say it's a public health issue.
> "I don't  feel like anybody is going to go out of business," said Melanie
> Donnell, who  is a supporter of the ban. "I feel like in this day and age
> there is a lot  more non-smoking community than there is a smoking 
> community."
> The other  side focused on the rights of consumers and businesses, noting
> the ordinance  will close up shop on a lot of jobs.
> "So you're going to be talking about  a loss of revenue right off the bat.
> For anybody to say that there's not an  economic impact, they're wrong,"
> said Dave Myers, a coordinator for Live Free  Springfield.
> Live Free Springfield did a lot of last-minute campaigning  against the
> proposed smoking ban at a few locations Tuesday.
> "I've been  on the phone for hours and hours, yesterday alone," Myers told
> KOLR/KSFX on  election night. "So, I've been talking a lot."
> Supporters spent  time the last few days putting up signs and door 
> hangars.
> "We've  just been getting out and talking to voters and reminding them to
> vote and  just passing out our information and literature," said Carrie
> Reynolds,  spokesperson for Clean Air Springfield.
> Organizers for Live Free  Springfield say this is about jobs. They know of
> several businesses planning  to file injunctions to sue the city now that
> it's passed.
> The City of  Springfield would then make a filing in court and would be
> responsible to  defend a vote of the people.
> A city spokesman didn't provide specifics on  how much this would cost, 
> but
> the legal proceedings would require staff time  and resources to prepare.
> The ordinance states that the ban will go into  effect 60 days after
> adoption.
> The Health Department will enforce the ban,  informing the public, 
> offering
> resources and information during the transition  period and assisting
> businesses as they work toward compliance.
> This will  be a combination of regular inspections, like usual and
> customary restaurant  inspections, as well as a complaint-based 
> enforcement system.
> Question  2:
> [Shall the City of Springfield, Missouri prohibit smoking in enclosed
> public places, places of employment, private clubs, within five feet of 
> outdoor
> playgrounds and within five feet of outside entrances, operable  windows,
> and ventilation systems of enclosed areas where smoking is  prohibited, 
> and
> exempt the following places from smoking prohibition: a)  private 
> residences,
> unless such residence is used as a child care, adult day  care, or
> healthcare facility; b) not more than 25 percent of the hotel or  motel 
> rooms rented
> to guests as smoking rooms; and c) outdoor areas of places  of employment;
> providing for the imposition of a fine of $50 per violation for  any 
> person
> violating said ordinance by smoking, upon a finding of guilt or  admission
> of guilt; upon a finding of guilt or admission of guilt, providing  for 
> fines
> ranging from $100-$500 per day against the owner, operator, manager  or 
> any
> agent who controls a public place or place of employment or any  business,
> and allows smoki
> ng to occur on the premises; providing for  revocation of any license or
> permit issue to the business or public place that  permits such 
> violations;
> requiring that businesses and public places place  signage advising of the
> prohibition on  smoking?]
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