2 Smoking Bans Could Make St. Charles County Ballot

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — St. Charles County voters could face not one but two ballot measures in November that would restrict smoking.

A petition drive heavily financed by Ameristar Casino was submitted to the Elections Commission earlier this month. That measure would exempt the casino and many bars and restaurants from the smoking ban.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that on Monday, County Councilman Joe Cronin introduced an alternative an. Though stricter than the first, it also would exempt gambling establishments.

Both measures face hurdles. A county official says the petition drive paperwork is missing some required language. County Elections Director Rich Chrismer will decide that issue after verifying signatures.

Cronin’s proposal must make it past a divided council and County Executive Steve Ehlmann, who vetoed a similar proposal last year.

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