The trend was clear early as Fargo and West Fargo election returns trickled in Tuesday night: Voters in both cities favored no-exceptions smoking bans. In Fargo, the binding vote to eliminate exceptions for bars, truck stops and a single specialty business was overwhelming. The vote in West Fargo was advisory, but the tally was clear enough for city leaders to enact a ban to conform to neighboring Fargo’s restrictions.
Meanwhile, Fargo voters called for change on the City Commission and school board.
Fargo’s City Commission has authority to change local laws that were put on the books by voter initiative, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said.
The attorney general, in an opinion issued Wednesday, said the City Commission also may give itself the power to put proposed ordinances on Fargo’s city ballot if it chooses.
Dale Wetzel, The Associated Press
, February 28, 2008
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