SPRINGFIELD, Mo — Springfield City Council will once again debate the smoking ban at its next meeting, but there's another issue gaining steam that could affect future citizen initiatives like it - changing the Springfield City Charter.
The last three petitions have all made it to Springfield ballots - the smoking ban, E-Verify, and the upcoming initiative to repeal the smoking ban.
They've all been circulated by some people who don't live in Springfield and some required just a thousand signatures.
The council is looking into changing those rules.
The council's Plans and Policy Committee proposes that 10% of the number of registered voters in the last mayoral election will be the number of signatures required - not 10% of those who actually voted, a much lower number.
Anyone can circulate a petition, but a proposed rule will require the petitioning group to form a committee of five Springfield residents to communicate with the city.
That committee will have to meet with the city attorney to review the measure's initiative's language.
Finally, another rule change will require any issue that appears on the ballot to include how much it will cost the city to implement the ordinance.