Representatives of Emporia Open for Business gave the city clerk about 1400 signatures to force the issue to a public vote. They needed to gather more than 700 signatures by February 2nd.
Local business owners expressed a concern that the smoking ban will negatively impact their business.
S.C. Dixon owns two businesses in Emporia and strongly disagrees with the smoking ban. Dixon said it is an individual's decision and should remain that way.
Clean Air Emporia led the charge in favor of the smoking ban, which city commissioners voted for last December.
"The choice to smoke shouldn't interfere with others' need to breathe clean air," said Teresa Walters, executive director of Emporian's for Drug Awareness. Clean Air Emporia is part of Emporian's of Drug Awareness, at www.emporiansfordrugawareness.com/cleanair/index.htm.
The ban will take effect on March 3rd, while the public vote would occur in April. The leaders of Emporia Open for Business presented City Manager Matt Zimmerman with a request to delay the ban until voters can voice their opinion.