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Committee approves proposed casino smoking ban bill
Monday, April 20, 2009 at 5:18:48 PM
Hartford--A second legislative committee has approved a bill extending the state smoking ban to Connecticut's two tribally operated casinos, though the proposal's chances of becoming law remain unclear.
The Government Administration & Elections Committee voted 8-3 Monday to pass legislation that would remove the exemptions from Connecticut's bar and restaurant smoking ban for the two casinos. The bill, which has already triggered a threat of legal action from tribal officials, was previously approved by the Public Health Committee, 28-2.
The second committee vote went down on party lines -- Democrats supporting the measure, Republicans opposing it -- with one legislator, Rep. Andrew Fleischmann, D-West Hartford, abstaining.
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