Supporters of a proposal to ban smoking in Kansas City bars and restaurants have moved a step closer to making those establishments smoke-free.
Election officials have certified that an initiative petition effort gathered more than 4,500 valid signatures of registered voters out of more than 6,000 turned in. 4,237 were needed to force Kansas City City Council to act or place the issue on the ballot.
The City Clerk says this means an ordinance will be introduced, probably at this week’s council meeting, with council members enacting no-smoking provisions or putting the issue before voters. The ban would not apply to casino gaming floors in Kansas City but would apply to other bars and restaurants at the city’s casinos.