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Colorado regulators at loss over smoking violation

18 January 2008

COLORADO -- As reported by the Rocky Mountain News: "State gambling regulators are at a loss about what to do with a Black Hawk casino that claims it's exempt from the statewide smoking ban.

"The Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission said Thursday it wants to hear from its attorney on whether it has any authority to enforce the smoking ban, and whether the Wild Card Casino is violating the law. The casino claims it qualifies as a cigar bar, making it exempt from the smoking ban.

"Critics claim the casino is exploiting a legal loophole. They told commissioners they have the power to enforce the ban and should revoke or suspend the casino's gaming license..."

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