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Unions oppose casino smoking ban

7 March 2008

CONNECTICUT -- As reported by the Norwich Bulletin: "Discussion, not dictate, should govern the future of smoking in the state's tribal casinos, according to 17 building and construction trade unions in Eastern Connecticut. And care should be taken to preserve union construction jobs during uncertain economic times.

"'With open dialogue, with discussion, there's a resolution to any issue,' Peter Ed. Reilly, president of the New London-Norwich Building and Construction Trades Council, said Thursday. 'I don't think this issue should be legislated.'

"The council sent a letter to state legislators on the General Assembly's Public Health Committee calling Senate Bill 419 'counter-productive' and urged for it to be held. The measure calls for a smoking ban anywhere in the casinos where Connecticut state liquor licenses apply.

"During a public hearing a week ago in Hartford, proponents of the bill said it would close a loophole created in 2003 exempting the casinos from a smoking ban that extinguished lighting up in the state's restaurants, taverns, cafes and bars..."

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