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Senate amends gambling bill to ban smoking throughout casinos
Friday, June 25, 2010 at 12:05:15 PM
You may be able to gamble away your fortune, but it won't go up in smoke.
That was the message yesterday from the state Senate, which voted, 24 to 15, in favor of an amendment to expanded gambling legislation that would ban smoking in casinos. The vote was a rare rebuke for Senate leaders, who wanted to allow smoking in one-fourth of the floor space at the casinos.
The smoking ban was one of only a few significant changes approved yesterday to a bill that would license three casinos in three regions of the state. Over several hours of impassioned debate, casino supporters succeeded in fending off amendment after amendment, rolling up wide margins that suggested casinos are well on their way to Senate approval.
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