OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sSB-419

AN ACT CONCERNING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A COMMITTEE TO FACILITATE AN EXTENSION OF THE BAN ON SMOKING IN PUBLIC PLACES TO CASINOS.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 09 $

FY 10 $

Spec. Revenue, Div. of

GF - Revenue Loss

Potential Significant

Potential Significant

Legislative Management

GF - Cost

Minimal

None

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill establishes a committee to facilitate an agreement that extends the state's smoking ban to casinos. The committee must certify to the Public Health Committee, by January 31, 2009, whether its efforts have resulted in an agreement that facilitates such a ban. If they have not, the bill bans smoking in any establishment that sells liquor under a casino permit beginning February 1, 2009.

The smoking ban could significantly affect1 state revenue from Indian gaming payments and other sources, including alcoholic beverage and cigarette taxes generated from sales at casinos, if the ban: (1) reduces the amount of time that players spend gambling or (2) causes players to choose to visit out-of-state casinos that permit on-premises smoking.

The bill appoints members of the General Assembly to participate on the committee, and requires the staff of the Public Health Committee to provide administrative assistance. The Office of Legislative Management would incur minimal costs associated with mileage reimbursement of 50. 5 cents per mile for legislators participating on the committee.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to inflation.

1 Although a number of states currently have either a total or partial ban on smoking in casinos/gaming establishments, data on the long-term fiscal impact on state revenue is inconclusive. However, the data does appear to indicate that there is a short-term financial impact.