November 3, 2010 - South Dakota voters approve law (Referred Law 12) to expand the state's smoking ban. The vote 61.7% YES and 35.3% NO.
The South Dakota legislature first passed a smoking ban bill back in 2009. Governor Mike Rounds signed the bill into law and it was to take effect on July 1st. But just days before the deadline a coalition of bars and gambling businesses gathered enough signatures to force a statewide vote.
Referred Law 12 adds to the 2002 smoking ban passed by the state legislature, extending the ban to bars, video lottery establishments and casinos in Deadwood, as well as the public areas and workplaces where smoking was already banned.
With the passing of Referred Law 12 South Dakota becomes the 29th state to pass a statewide smoking ban. The ban could take effect as soon as next Wednesday. Because it was a referred law and already passed by the state legislature it will go into effect almost immediately.
References: South Dakota voters approve expanded smoking ban, KSFY.com, 11/3/2010; South Dakota Smoking Ban Referendum, Referred Law 12 (2010), BallotPedia.org, 11/3/2010.
Series of news briefs - that provide an archive of the events that have occurred:
South Dakota - smokng ban, even though passed by legislators, goes to the voters for approval on November 2nd..;
South Dakota - smoking ban campaign moves forward..;
South Dakota - smoking ban one more possible appeal..;
South Dakota - American Cancer Society won't appeal judges decision..;
South Dakota - smoking ban passed by legislature still must go to a statewide vote..;
South Dakota (SD) - judge smoking ban legally eligible for statewide public vote..;
South Dakota - smoking ban, judge won't let ACS call witnesses - as trial nears..;
South Dakota - statewide smoking ban trial date moved to mid-November.;
South Dakota - trial delayed in fight to enforce smoking ban..;
South Dakota - new judge appointed in the smoking ban dispute..
South Dakota - ACS wants smoking ban passed by legislature to begin ASAP..
South Dakota - opponents of smoking ban gain a delay..;
South Dakota - petition rejected - state smoking ban to take effect..;
South Dakota - Secretary of State's Office still counting disputed signatures on the smoking ban petitions..;
South Dakota - anti-smoking leaders challenge petition..;
South Dakota - smoking ban to start July 1, 2009 may be delayed..;
South Dakota - opponents try to stop extended smoking ban..;
South Dakota - extends smoking ban effective July 1, 2009...