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Jindal doesn't support ban on smoking in bars, but won't veto it if it passes

Publication Date: 2009-05-26
  • Author:AP
  • Publication:WWL-TV (LA)

Gov. Bobby Jindal said he doesn't support a proposal that would ban smoking in Louisiana bars and gambling facilities. But he also said Tuesday that he won't veto the measure if it reaches his desk.

"Personally, I think adults can make decisions for themselves," Jindal said at a wide-ranging briefing with reporters, when asked about the smoking ban bill.

He said many bills proposed this session, like the smoking ban, seem like "nanny state" measures. However, he added of the smoking ban, "I don't feel strongly enough that I would veto that bill."

Both the House and Senate will consider whether Louisiana's ban on smoking in restaurants and most buildings should extend to bars and gambling facilities.