OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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SB-419

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

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 5638

File Copy No.: 447

Senate Calendar No.: 301

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 09 $

FY 10 $

Spec. Revenue, Div. of

GF - Reduces Revenue Loss in Bill

See Below

See Below

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The amendment allows smoking in designated areas of a casino that are not in excess of 25% of the total square footage of the gaming portions of the facility.

The fiscal note on the bill states that a smoking ban at the casinos 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.

Limiting smoking at the casinos rather than banning it completely is expected to reduce the impact indicated in the file copy because it will likely reduce the behavioral effect that a complete ban would have had on players.

The preceding Fiscal Impact statement is prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for the purposes of information, summarization and explanation and does not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose.

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.