A committee that is pushing for a statewide indoor smoking ban says it has collected the necessary signatures to have the matter placed on the November ballot.
Members of the Smoke Free North Dakota committee plan on turning in signatures at the North Dakota Secretary of State’s office at 9:40 a.m. Thursday. At 10 a.m. the group will hold a press conference in the judicial wing atrium of the state Capitol to discuss the ballot measure. The group needed to have at least 13,452 signatures.
The proposed ballot measure would ban smoking in all indoor public places, places of employment and public transportation such as taxis. It also would bar people from using electronic cigarettes in public places and require people outdoors to be at least 20 feet from entrances and exits to smoke.
The Smoke Free North Dakota committee launched its signature gathering campaign in June. Once submitted, the secretary of state’s office will need to certify that there are enough legitimate signatures on the petitions for the measure to be placed on the ballot.