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Ads to Explain Gaming Laws to Teens

25 September 2003

CONNECTICUT – As reported by the Norwich Bulletin: "With a law toughening penalties for minors caught on gaming floors going into effect, the Mohegan tribe will unveil an advertising campaign in Hartford Monday targeted at minors.

"The statewide radio and TV campaign will aim at explaining the law, which fines minors caught in gambling establishments, said Chuck Bunnell, chief of staff for the tribe.

"…The law, passed by the Legislature last spring and going into effect Wednesday, would allow police to charge minors with a misdemeanor and a $100 fine if they are caught on gaming floors. Those using forged IDs to get into casinos could face fines between $100 and $500 or 30 days in jail.

"Gambling by minors is illegal in Connecticut, and both casinos check the IDs of patrons going on to the floors. Until the law was passed, though, security guards and state police could only escort minors off gaming floors.

"Casino executives have complained in the past that chasing minors off the floor distracted security from more pressing matters…"

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