Major Casinos Support Smoking Ban

Major Nevada casinos have filed a district court brief opposing efforts to prevent southern Nevada police and prosecutors from enforcing a voter-approved statewide smoking ban.

Attorneys for the Nevada Resort Association, which represents most major hotel-casinos in the state, say the group's intervention is necessary because of the legal tack taken by southern Nevada business owners fighting the smoking ban.

The dispute over terms of the Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act is scheduled for a hearing Tuesday before Clark County District Court Judge Douglas Herndon.

Resort association attorneys have asked for a ruling against taverns, slot machine route operators and other businesses that oppose the ban, and also for a finding that the ban does not apply to hotel and motel rooms.

The resort association also wants a finding that the ban doesn't unfairly distinguish between the major clubs that hold non-restricted gambling licenses and smaller operators with restricted licenses, typically for slot machines.