Connecticut Attorney General's Office

Press Release

Attorney General Statement On Mohegan Letters Regarding Smoking Ban Legislation

March 25, 2009

"I strongly disagree with the tribe's legal analysis of the smoking ban bill before the General Assembly, although I understand and respect tribal sovereignty. The legislative proposal is constitutional and consistent with legal principles of sovereignty.

"We will continue to talk with the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribal nations about prohibiting smoking in their casinos, sparing their employees and customers the ravages of passive smoke. As I have stated, my preference is an agreement with the tribes that totally bans smoking at the facilities -- ending a deadly health hazard for casino patrons and employees.

"If agreements cannot be reached and legislation is necessary, my office will vigorously and aggressively protect the state's rights and laws, including its slot revenue agreement with the Mohegan Tribal Nation."