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Substitute Bill No. 419

    February Session, 2008

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

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (Effective from passage) (a) There is established a committee to analyze and facilitate an extension of the state's ban on smoking in public places to casinos. The committee shall consider and review any factors, legal or otherwise, that could impede the state's ability to implement a ban on smoking in casinos. After giving due consideration to such factors, the committee shall take such actions as it deems appropriate and necessary to facilitate the implementation of a ban on smoking in casinos located in the state.

(b) The committee shall consist of the following members:

(1) The speaker of the House of Representatives, or a member appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives;

(2) The president pro tempore of the Senate, or a member appointed by president pro tempore of the Senate;

(3) The majority leader of the House of Representatives, or a member appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives;

(4) The majority leader of the Senate, or a member appointed by the majority leader of the Senate;

(5) The minority leader of the House of Representatives, or a member appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives;

(6) The minority leader of the Senate, or a member appointed by the minority leader of the Senate;

(7) The Governor, or a member appointed by the Governor;

(8) The Attorney General, or a member appointed by the Attorney General;

(9) The Commissioner of Public Health, or the commissioner's designee;

(10) The Commissioner of Consumer Protection, or the commissioner's designee;

(c) Any member of the committee appointed under subdivision (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6) or (7) of subsection (b) of this section may be a member of the General Assembly.

(d) All appointments to the committee shall be made no later than thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(e) The speaker of the House of Representatives and the president pro tempore of the Senate shall serve as the chairpersons of the committee. Such chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting of the committee, which shall be held no later than sixty days after the effective date of this section.

(f) The administrative staff of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health shall serve as administrative staff of the committee established pursuant to this section.

Sec. 2. (Effective from passage) (a) On or before January 31, 2009, the chairpersons of the committee, established pursuant to section 1 of this act, shall certify in writing to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health that the efforts of the committee have: (1) Resulted in an agreement that will facilitate the implementation of a ban on smoking in the state's casinos; or (2) not resulted in an agreement that will facilitate the implementation of a ban on smoking in the state's casinos. In the event that the efforts of the committee have resulted in an agreement that will facilitate the implementation of a ban on smoking in the state's casinos, the certification from the chairpersons of the committee shall include the significant terms of such agreement, including, but not limited to, the date on which the ban on smoking in the state's casinos shall take effect.

(b) In the event that the chairpersons of the committee, established pursuant to section of 1 of this act, certify in writing that the efforts of the committee have not resulted in an agreement that will facilitate the implementation of a ban on smoking in the state's casinos, then, on and after February 1, 2009, no person shall smoke in any area of an establishment with a permit issued for the sale of alcoholic liquor pursuant to section 30-37k of the general statutes.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

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Sec. 2

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