Salina Smoking Ban Faces Repeal Effort

By: AP
By: AP

SALINA, Kan. (AP) _ Opponents of Salina's new, tougher smoking
ban see two ways to get it repealed.

Either city commissioners do it, or they'll seek a special election to decision the issue.

They want new city commissioners taking office in April to vote to repeal the ordinance before it takes effect in May.

Failing that, they will ask commissioners to approve a special
election.

Supporters of the repeal say they have more than enough petition signatures to put the issue on the April 7 ballot. But they want to
wait and gather more signatures. Officials say a special election
will cost about $20,000.

The ordinance approved in January bans smoking in almost all public buildings. If repealed, the current ordinance would remain in place. It bans smoking in restaurants between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.


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