Lawsuit over GFalls casinos' smoking shelters

CASCADE COUNTY

POSTED: 2:34 PM Jul 22 2013
no smoking
GREAT FALLS, Mont. -

The Cascade County health department and the owners of several casinos in Great Falls are in a battle over a workaround the casino owners believe allows their customers to gamble while smoking.
    
The Great Falls Tribune reports (http://gftrib.com/17yI16o ) brothers Doug and K.C. Palagi and their attorney and business partner Gregory Smith filed a lawsuit against the Cascade City-County Board of Health after they were threatened with a misdemeanor citation alleging their smoking shelters violated Montana's Clean Indoor Air Act.
    
The act prohibits smoking in enclosed public places, but allows for smoking shelters that "are partially open to the outside air."
    
The Palagis say their shelters have open slots where the walls meet the roof. Employees don't deliver drinks to the shelters, which are closed off from the rest of the casino.
    
A trial is expected this fall.