Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Thousands are signing an online petitions against Black Friday store opening hours that have been pushed into Thanksgiving Day.
The trend for stores to open earlier and earlier to take advantage of Black Friday sales—even to the point of opening in the evening on Thanksgiving Day—has prompted an online petition drive to give Thanksgiving back to employees and their families. - - - - - Read More: Black Friday Shopping in St. Louis to Start Earlier Than Ever - - - - - The original petition was reportedly created by a Target employee upset that the retail giant is opening on Thanksgiving and requiring employees to work instead of spending time with their families. Target stores, including the one in O'Fallon, will open their doors at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving. As of Tuesday morning, there are more than 179,000 signatures on the petition. (Check out the petition here.) …
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Several thousand signatures on petition were found to be invalid, Election Authority said. Organizer Carl Bearden says he'll sue to keep other smoking ban proposed by County Councilman Joe Cronin off the November ballot.
The St. Charles County smoking ban petition backed by Ameristar Casino will not appear on the Nov. 6 ballot because petitioners did not obtain enough valid signatures, according to the St. Charles Election Authority. Petitioners needed at least 18,535 valid signatures and the Election Authority found that just 14,801 signatures were valid, said Rich Chrismer, director of the election authority. Many of the signatures turned in either were not registered voters, included a wrong address or were duplicates, Chrismer said. The petition drive was organized by Carl Bearden, a former state Representative for St. Charles County. It would have offered exemptions to businesses that cater to people over age 21, to the casino, and to businesses …
Monday, August 13, 2012
Stricter smoking bans in Lake Saint Louis and O'Fallon would remain in effect under the compromise ban.
The St. Louis Post-Distpatch reported Friday that a petition campaign for a compromise smoking ban that would exempt certain businesses has turned in 22,850 signatures asking for a November vote. The ban would allow smoking in businesses with a 21-and-over clientele and businesses with a separate smoking area. Stricter smoking bans already adopted by Lake Saint Louis and O'Fallon would remain in effect. Smoke Free St. Charles County, an anti-smoking coalition, considers the compromise ban a step backward, KMOV.com reported on Aug. 9. Members of the coalition believe the petition's title was misleading. The petition drive was financed by Ameristar Casinos, one of the businesses that would be exempted if the ban were to be approved by voters…
Friday, April 15, 2011
At Thursday's meeting, residents in support of the city-wide smoking ban asked city council to enact the law as passed by voters in the April 5 election.
The April elections may be over, but discussion of the city-wide smoking ban continues in O’Fallon. Citizens for Smoke-Free O’Fallon addressed City Council members regarding the smoke-free air act at Thursday night’s regular meeting. In December the citizen’s group gathered more than 1,900 signatures to place the initiative on the April 2011 ballot. The measure passed with 73 percent of the vote. But Ward 2 Councilman Jim Pepper told O’Fallon Patch earlier this week, that the city ordinance is too restrictive and violates Missouri statutes. He plans to introduce an amendment to the ordinance, which he said would bring it into compliance with the Missouri Clean Indoor Air Act. Pepper has also filed complaints with the IRS against anti-…
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Cronin says the signs would ease the transition into a countywide smoking ban
Call it a sign of times to come. A St. Charles County Councilman said he would bring an ordinance requiring bars and restaurants to post signs near doorways informing patrons whether the establishment allows smoking or not. St. Charles County Councilman Joe Cronin, R-District 1, of St. Paul, said the sign ordinance is not a step toward a smoking ban. “It’s a step toward a discussion. I think it will give people the chance to begin talking about it before a full comprehensive (smoking ban) ordinance is brought up,” Cronin said after the council’s work session Monday night. He said it’s important to begin a discussion because St. Charles County eventually will vote on a smoking ban. During the work session, Cronin told other council …
Sunday, December 12, 2010
A citizens group gathered 1,900 signatures to put a proposal on the April ballot that would ban smoking in O'Fallon restaurants and bars.
- Joe Scott
Sunday, December 12, 2010
The St. Charles County Election Authority approved Smoke-Free O'Fallon's petition on Dec. 7, putting the group one step closer to its goal of placing a citywide smoking ban on the April 5 ballot. "It was quite a monumental effort getting the petition together, a rewarding effort," said Craig Boring, a Smoke-Free O'Fallon committee member. "I'm just pleased it's going forward." The committee gathered 1,900 signatures to put the proposal on ballot. The measure would ban smoking in indoor public places, including restaurants and bars. The law is similar to the one passed by neighboring Lake Saint Louis. The city charter gives the O'Fallon City Council a choice between putting the issue on the ballot or enacting the ban as presented in the …