ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV) – A measure to eliminate smoking from establishments in St. Charles County will not appear on the November ballot, a judge decided Tuesday. But a proposal to change the structure of the county’s sheriff’s department will.
Division 1 Circuit Judge Ted House heard arguments regarding the ongoing smoking issue in the county.
The lawsuit in question was directed at County Elections Director Rich Chrismer, who pulled a two-question smoking ban proposition from the ballot earlier this month. Chrismer told News 4 the proposal, passed by the County Council, was rushed and that the wording would be confusing for voters.
The lawsuit was filed by county resident Don Young, an advocate for anti-smoking laws throughout the area.
But Judge House sided with Chrismer and eliminated the measure from the ballot.
The two-part smoking ban package was going to ask if voters were in favor of a county-wide ban on smoking. The second proposition would have exempted any establishment that only allows patrons and employees who are over 21.
A second lawsuit considered Tuesday challenged a measure that would change the county sheriff’s department to a county police department. That would mean the police chief would be appointed, a change from the current system where the sheriff is elected.
O’Fallon City Council candidate A.C. Dienoff filed the lawsuit to stop the measure from going to a vote in November. But Judge House sided with the Sheriff Tom Neer, who put the proposal on the ballot in August.