Connecticut official still wants casino smoking ban

Connecticut attorney general Richard Blumenthal is calling for tribal casinos to completely ban smoking at their facilities.

Blumenthal said he will introduce legislation to address smoking atMohegan Sun, owned by the Mohegan Tribe, and Foxwoods Resort Casino, owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. But tribal leaders have said they want to negotiate agreements instead.

The Mohegan Tribe has done that with Gov. M. Jodi Rell (R). The tribe will make at least 20 percent of the gaming floor smoke free, eliminate smoking in other public places and utilize state-of-the air ventilation systems.

Blumenthal initially criticized the plan after a labor union said it wasn't happy with the deal. But he changed his mind after meeting with Mohegan Chairman Bruce “Two Dogs” Bozsum and said the plan represented a positive step forward.

State law bans smoking in public places but reservations aren't included.

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