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Smoking ban petitions delivered to Fargo city auditor's office

FARGO - Signatures requesting that voters decide in June whether to enact a comprehensive smoking ban are now at Fargo City Hall. City Auditor Steve Sprague said the Share the Air Fargo group turned in petitions this morning with an estimated 3,5...

FARGO - Signatures requesting that voters decide in June whether to enact a comprehensive smoking ban are now at Fargo City Hall.

City Auditor Steve Sprague said the Share the Air Fargo group turned in petitions this morning with an estimated 3,500 signatures.

The comprehensive ban would prohibit smoking in bars and truck stops as well as other indoor workplaces.

The minimum number of signatures required to initiate an ordinance is 2,850, Sprague said.

Sprague's office will verify the petitions Thursday and give city commissioners a recommendation for their meeting in two weeks.

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If the City Commission agrees to put the proposed ordinance on the ballot, it will be one of two smoking bans voters will decide.

The other asks voters to approve the city's current smoking ban, which exempts bars and truck stops. A group led by Fargo businessman Randy Thorson succeeded in December in placing it on the June ballot.

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