IIndiana Supreme Court Strikes Down Casino's Non-Smoking Exemption

The Indiana Supreme Court says officials of Evansville cannot legally enforce a non-smoking ban on taverns and nightclubs while allowing smoking in a riverboat casino.
The justices have voted 3-2 to throw out the section of the ordinance that exempts a riverboat casino that's docked at the Ohio River city.
The ruling says exempting the casino from the ban violates the Indiana Constitution. The Supreme Court reversed an appeals court ruling that upheld the ordinance.
The city's ban took effect in April 2012 and prohibits smoking in all businesses other than the Tropicana Evansville casino. Opponents of the ban argued that it treats their businesses unfairly.
Justice Loretta Rush and Robert Rucker disagreed. Rush says the casino serves out-of-town customers the others don't. She also cites the casino's local tax impact.
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