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End hypocrisy of casino smoking

State Rep. Brenda Landwehr, R-Wichita, used a procedural move last week to try to force a Senate vote on the House-passed bill to ban smoking at state-owned casinos — a welcome stand against hypocrisy. Senate President Steve Morris, R-Hugoton, is resisting. "It's a poison pill for the casinos," Morris has said. "It would be very difficult for us to compete." Landwehr was right to call Morris on his double standard. "What does he think he did to small businesses out there?" Some smoking opponents worry that Landwehr's latest effort will lead to action weakening or repealing the 2010 statewide smoking ban. But such an attempt already failed earlier this session in the House. Pass a clean bill that removes the casino exemption.

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