Smoking Ban

By: AP
By: AP

Two state lawmakers say it's time to revisit the casino exemption in the state's smoking ban.

The ban, which took effect this summer, outlaws smoking in most indoor public places, including bars and restaurants.

One big exception was the casinos in the state's three gambling towns.

Now that another election has been held and there are new faces at the state Capitol, Senator Ken Gordon says lawmakers should reconsider that decision.

He and state Representative Anne McGihon introduced a bill today that would do that.

McGihon says the exclusion was mostly a political decision and it's not right to subject casino workers or patrons to second-hand smoke.

Other proposals are in the works to allow smoking lounges in nursing homes and to exempt small bars from the ban.

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