Business group sues Chanos over indoor smoking bill

Legal News Line Dec. 7, 2006, 4:06am

Nevada Attorney General George Chanos

CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Nevada's recently passed Indoor Clean Air Act (Question 5) has met such opposition from a group of business owners that Attorney General George Chanos has been served a lawsuit. The group, which includes Village Pub and Terrible's Hotel and Casino, has sought a restraining order that prevents Chanos and other Nevada prosecutors from enforcing the law, set to take effect Dec. 8. The law bans smoking in bars serving meals, slot-machine sections of stores, video arcades, shopping malls, schools and day-care centers. The group opposes the law saying it unfairly discriminates against them and is too vague to comply with. Under the law, businesses that allow smoking after Dec. 8 face penalties including a $1,000 fine and/or six months in jail.

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