BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) Supporters of a total ban on smoking in bars and other North Dakota workplaces say the issue will be on the ballot in November. Backers of a voter anti-tobacco initiative say they’re turning in their petitions to Secretary of State Al Jaeger on Thursday. They say they have more than the minimum of 13,500 names needed to assure a public vote.
North Dakota already prohibits smoking in most public places. The initiative goes further. It would ban smoking in bars, motels, tobacco shops and private nursing home rooms. The measure sets up a penalty system for violations and says bar owners who allow smoking could have their liquor licenses revoked.
If the petitions have enough names, the anti-tobacco proposal will be listed as Measure 3 on the November ballot.
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