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7th Street Casino could thwart smoking ban

12 June 2008

KANSAS -- As reported by the Kansas City Star: "The pint-sized 7th Street Casino in downtown Kansas City, Kan., could thwart a metrowide effort to ban smoking on casino floors.

"Bans approved by Kansas City voters in April and the North Kansas City Council on Tuesday evening don't take effect until 'all' surrounding casinos also are covered by similar laws.

"The language in the two city-approved ordinances appears to cover the tribal 7th Street Casino owned by the Oklahoma-based Wyandotte Nation.

"Billy Friend, second chief of the tribe, said Wednesday, however, that the tribe had no plans to snuff out smoking there.

"...Friend said the tribe would almost certainly resist, on grounds of tribal sovereignty, any smoking ban Wyandotte County's Unified Government is now privately debating and could consider in coming months.

"Unified Government chief counsel Hal Walker noted that the tribe last year signed a revenue-sharing deal with the city in which it agreed to abide by city codes and ordinances, including its criminal codes where a smoking ban might be classified..."

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