State Conference Committee May Permit Smoking In Casinos

A House-Senate committee Wednesday began what could be a lengthy process to craft a compromise statewide smoking ban bill. The conference committee is charged with resolving differences between versions of smoking ban bills that passed each chamber last summer. The bills treat exemptions from a smoking ban differently.

[State Senator] Mellow emphasized the importance of exempting casinos from a smoking ban. He said a ban would put casinos at a competitive disadvantage with states that allow casino patrons to smoke. Read more...

Interesting, they want to ban smoking at privately owned establishments, but permit it at casinos because the state has a financial interest!