Keep Casper Smoke Free Reviewing Rejected Signatures
Officials with Keep Casper Smoke Free say they’re reviewing 685 signatures that were rejected by city of Casper officials last week during a count of smoking ban referendum petitions.
According to a post on Smokefree Natrona County's Facebook page, the group is trying to find 61 valid signatures to force a special election on changes made by Casper City Council to the city’s public indoor smoking ban.
Keep Casper Smoke Free officials say they’ll target the city council seats of two councilors who voted in favor of the changes during elections next year if the group fall short of their 2,454-signature target again.
One of those councilmen, Keith Goodenough from Ward I, says he welcomes the challenge.
“The people who are in favor of the property rights aspect of this did the same thing at the last election, which is why we had the amendments to the smoking ban,” Goodenough said. “I just see it as a healthy part of the process that brings more people into the system.”
Keep Casper Smoke Free says it may also target the council seat of Ward III's Paul Bertoglio next year.
Councilors exempted taverns, lounges, bars, private clubs and healthcare facilities from the city’s smoke-free law in June.