Monday, April 7, 2008

Governor To Begin Dialogue With Tribes On Proposed Casino Smoking Ban

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Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell has written to to state lawmakers asking them to withdraw a bill that seeks to ban smoking in the two Connecticut Indian casinos while she discusses the issue with both the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes.

Rell said that while she is concerned about the health perspective she acknowledges that a ban on smoking would result in lower casino revenues and could lead to job cuts at the two casinos.

State Senate President Pro Tem Donald Williams told the Hartford Courant that "he sees no reason to kill the bill at this point."