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Kansas House votes to ban smoking in state casinos

March 23, 2011

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— A bill extending the 2010 statewide smoking ban to state-owned casinos has cleared the Kansas House.

The 97-26 vote on Wednesday sends the measure to the Senate.

Legislators approved the ban last year but critics complained that the state wasn't treated the same as private businesses that were forced to comply.

The bill would ban smoking at the state's casino in Dodge City and those under construction in Sumner and Wyandotte counties.

Opponents of extending the ban argue that prohibiting smoking will reduce the potential revenue generated by the casinos for the state. One estimate is that Kansas and local governments could see a decrease of $16 million in the coming year from what was projected.

Efforts to repeal the overall statewide ban failed during Tuesday's House debate.

Comments

mickeyrat 3 years ago

I'm a smoker, and no fan of the ban, but I'm really really glad that they made this consistent. The hypocrisy of the exception during the original debate was galling: "businesses won't suffer (but we want to protect our business)" and "we're protecting workers (except where our own interests are involved)." Disgusting. As much stupidity as passes for legislation these days, the House has won a bit of my respect with this.

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bks253 3 years ago

And, look at that vote, 97-26. I'm impressed that the House, which hasn't done much else good this session, would pass a common sense measure like this. Oh, by the way, nobody is taking away anybody's right to smoke, but at least somebody is trying to protect the right to breathe air unpolluted with second-hand smoke and the stinch of it.

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consumer1 3 years ago

And I didn't think the house could do anything more stupid than try to reduce state employees wages. What a bunch of clowns. amazing...

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trailertrash 3 years ago

I think I just might as well post a comment before that right is taken away from me by the clowns running this state.....What about finding some time to add some new jobs instead of taking away our rights for a change. And by the way, I don't even smoke.

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