They're gathering the signatures but they may not get to change anything.
We told you Thursday night about a group of Tyler bar owners "uniting" in the hopes of changing the city's new smoking ordinance. The group wants an amendment to the ordinance that would exclude any bar-type business whose majority of sales come from alcohol. The group is gathering petition signatures and are looking into legal action, saying they're doing this for their customers. But the city said the petition would need thirty percent of the registered voters in Tyler.
"Our Tyler city clerk would then go through that list and verify those signatures. Who would then verify those signatures and place on next city council agenda for action by the city council," said Gary Landers, Tyler City Attorney.
Once on the agenda, the Tyler City Council will have several options. They could adopt it, change it or call an election to let voters decide.