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Casinos exempt from Michigan smoking ban

21 May 2009

LANSING, Michigan -- As reported by the Detroit Free-Press: "A House committee approved today a ban on smoking in all bars, restaurants and all other workplaces – except for Detroit's casinos and smoke shops statewide – reigniting a debate that has smoldered for years.

"The committee vote sets up another complex interchange between the House and Senate, where a smoking ban fizzled last year over the casino exemption.

"House Speaker Andy Dillon, D-Redford Township, said he had spoken with Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop, R-Rochester, and said, 'I would bet it gets done this year.'

"However, Dillon said he supports a smoking ban exemption for the gambling floors of casinos only, but not the restaurants or anywhere else in the facility. Bishop said his Republican caucus supports a total ban with no exemptions..."

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