With the possibility of losing visitors to the state's casinos, the purposed
state wide smoking ban may not affect the gaming facilities. The ban would allow
for smoking on gaming floors to continue. The exemption is being considered by
the state since a loss in gaming revenues would result in a loss of state tax
It was reported in the nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency projected fiscal
note that $180 million could be lost in state tax revenue if the smoking ban
also included casinos.
The House Public Health Committee meet last week to discuss the matter. However,
a vote was not done. It is however expected that the measure amendment could
take place this week.
Indiana has a history of approving smoking bans in the House. However, it is
always stopped by the Senate.
The exemption to the ban will be applied to casinos, horse race tracks, off
track betting facilities, and possible cigar bars.
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