Smoking restriction bill pulled by House Health & Welfare Committee
Posted on 4/12/2018 2:32:00 PM.
The House Health and Welfare committee heard hours of testimony on a statewide smoking ban that would include casinos and bars.  The bill by Opelousas Democrat Dustin Miller was voluntarily yanked, so he can work on the language of the measure. If passed it would virtually ban smoking in just about every public building in the state.
“It’s been suggested that, “Hey, this isn’t a ban.  It’s ok. They can just step outside.” The problem is if you ask somebody to step outside in a boat, you’re in the water,” said Wade Duty, executive director of the Louisiana Casino Association.

Brent Rochon is a cardiologist who testified in favor of the measure.

“With our lifestyle especially in Louisiana… the boudin, the cracklin, the etouffee, the rice and dressing, the gumbo… we do enough for ourselves.  Let’s keep the gumbo and let’s lose the smoke,” said Rochon.

Lobbyist Alton Ashy says this legislation will have a negative impact of video poker halls.

“So, we’re talking about real money, we’re talking about Louisiana jobs, we’re talking about Louisiana business owners, and I just ask that you take that into consideration when you’re pondering your decision,” said Ashy.

Reagan Carter is a member of the Louisiana Public Health coalition who supports the bill.

“This is not a smoking ban. This is a clear air policy that will require individuals who choose to smoke while visiting bars and casinos, and other gaming facilities, to simply step outside,” said Carter.

Miller says he will bring the bill back in two weeks.

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