AUGUSTA (AP) – Smoking at public beano and bingo games in Maine will be against the law if a bill that’s working its way through the Legislature becomes law.

By a 19-14 vote Wednesday, the Senate put its second stamp of approval on the bill, which has already been approved in the House. That leaves one more vote in both chambers before the bill can be sent to Gov. John Baldacci.

An amendment, which has not yet been voted on, would narrow the scope of the bill by exempting high-stakes beano or bingo games run by federally recognized Indian tribes.

Maine already bans smoking in most public places.

A separate bill, which is still in committee, seeks to extend the ban to pool halls, taverns and all lounges, including hotel lounges, off-track betting lounges and restaurants with Class A lounge licenses.


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