Not Enough Signatures for Vote on Casper Smoke Ban

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Not Enough Signatures for Vote on Casper Smoke Ban (Photo by Ron Richter)
Not Enough Signatures for Vote on Casper Smoke Ban (Photo by Ron Richter)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - An effort in Casper to let voters decide on a partial repeal of the city's smoking ban has failed to collect enough signatures to put the issue on the ballot.

The City Council voted last month to repeal the ban for certain businesses including bars not associated with restaurants. Bar owners complained of lost business to competitors in Mills and Evansville, two nearby towns that still allowed smoking.

Opponents to the change needed 2,554 signatures to put the issue to a vote. The signatures had to belong to registered voters living in Casper.

KTWO-TV reports the group Smokefree Natrona County turned in more than 3,000 signatures but fell 61 signatures short Wednesday of the required number of valid signatures.

The City Council smoking ban went into effect last year.

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