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2009-12-15MARYVILLE, MO |  By: Wayman

Maryville Smoking

A Grass-Roots organization has worked since this summer with the Maryville City council on the issue. A series of community forums were held and last night, the Maryville council made a decision. After lengthy discussion on whether to pass an ordinance banning all smoking in workplaces, members voted 3 to 2 to put the issue on the ballot. Jamie Baker is with the group citizens for a smoke-free Maryville and says she's dissapointed the council didn't just adopt an ordinance, but her group is ready to get the signatures needed to put it to a vote. About 55,000 signatures are needed by January 21st to get the anti-smoking ordinance on the April ballot. Organizers say if they can't make that deadline, they'll try for a later election.