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Bill would ban smoking in La. bars

Publication Date: 5/19/2009
  • Author:AP
  • Publication:The Times-Picayune

A House committee says Louisiana's hazy, smoke-filled bars and casinos should become smoke-free.

That was the narrow decision of the House Health and Welfare Committee, which in an 8-7 vote backed a proposed ban on smoking in bars and casinos. The vote was tied until Democratic Rep. Neil Abramson, of New Orleans, walked in during the roll call vote and cast the deciding "yes."

The bill heads next to the full House for debate.

Current law already prohibits smoking in restaurants. Democratic Rep. Gary Smith, of Norco, says bars and casinos should be included in the ban as a way to protect employees who work there.