May 25, 2010 1:40 PM by Letitia Walker
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Senate-backed attempt to ban smoking in Louisiana bars and casinos has been snuffed out.
The House Health and Welfare Committee rejected the bill in an 8-4 vote Tuesday, a vote expected to kill the measure for another legislative session.
The state has a law that prohibits smoking in restaurants, public places, public buildings and most places of employment. The proposal by Livonia Sen. Rob Marionneaux would have required bars, casinos, off-track betting facilities and other gambling spots also to become smoke-free.
Supporters say the bill would improve the health safety of workers and patrons at bars and casinos.
Opponents say a smoking ban could harm businesses and the state financially. They also say people can choose to avoid the facilities if they don't want the secondhand smoke exposure.