Monday, March 23, 2009

Bill To Ban Smoking At Ct. Indian Casinos Approved By Legislative Committee

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The Connecticut legislature's Public Health Committee voted 28-2 today for a bill that would require both the Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods casinos to be smoke-free by October 2011.

The bill mandates that the two casinos enter into negotiations with the governor to move toward eliminating smoking or face the loss of their state-issued liquor permits.

Connecticut attorney general Richard Blumenthal said the state has the right to impose laws banning smoking on the two tribal casinos while Mohegan officials have said that the tribe should dictate the casino's smoking policy and not the state.