A circuit judge has ruled that opponents of South Dakota's smoking ban have gathered enough petition signatures to put the measure to a statewide public vote in next year's general election. After testimony ended in a two-day trial, Circuit Judge Kathleen Trandahl found that opponents of the ban had collected 2,244 more signatures than they needed to force a public vote. Bar and casino owners collected the signatures calling for a public vote. After the American Cancer Society challenged some of the signatures, Secretary of State Chris Nelson ruled that many of the signatures were invalid. Nelson and an official of American Cancer Society said they will decide later whether to appeal Trandahl's decision to the South Dakota Supreme Court.
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