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Senate panel backs smoking ban in bars

A push to expand Louisiana’s indoor smoking ban gained momentum Wednesday, when a Senate committee agreed to legislation that would ban the practice in bars and casinos.

The unanimous decision by the Senate Health and Welfare Committee came a day after a House health care committee approved similar legislation. The move sets up a showdown on the floors of the House and Senate between the public health advocates who are pushing the measures, and lobbyists for casinos and bars, who oppose the change.

“It’s been a chess match to participate in, but the folks we’re not playing chess with are the folks who are exposed to secondhand smoke,” said Sen. Rob Marionneaux Jr., D-Livonia, who sponsored Senate Bill 186.

Twenty-eight states currently ban smoking in bars and restaurants, while 16 states have approved total bans that include gaming establishments, according to Tuesday’s testimony in the House Health and Welfare Committee. Ban supporters say the laws protect patrons and service-industry workers from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke, while opponents say such decisions are best made by businesses, not the government.

Restaurants, defined as establishments that get more than 50 percent of their receipts from food sales, have been smoke-free in Louisiana since January 2007. But state law allows smoking in bars, even if they serve food, which some restaurant owners say puts them at a competitive disadvantage.

The original version of Marionneaux’s bill would have expanded the state’s ban to include bars that serve food, but would have allowed smoking in gambling establishments and bars that don’t serve food.

Sen. Yvonne Dorsey, D-Baton Rouge, tacked on an amendment to ban smoking in all bars and gambling establishments. Indian casinos would not be covered by the ban, and restaurants and bars could still allow smoking on open-air balconies and patios.

Chris Young, a lobbyist for the Louisiana Association of Beverage Alcohol Licensees, said the amended version of the bill is better than the original because it covers everyone, instead of carving out exceptions for some. But bar owners still plan to fight the bills on the floor, Young said.

A spokesman for Gov. Bobby Jindal said the governor doesn’t like the bills, but won’t veto them should they reach his desk.

“Seems like another step towards a nanny state,” Jindal’s press secretary, Kyle Plotkin, said. “We think adults can make decisions for themselves, but don’t feel strongly enough to override the will of the Legislature.”
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