The House Health and Welfare committee heard hours of testimony on a statewide smoking ban that would include casino’s 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. Wade Duty represents casinos.
Brent Rochon is a cardiologist who testified in favor of the measure.
Lobbyist Alton Ashy says this legislation will have a negative impact of video poker halls.
Reagan Carter is a member of the Louisiana Public Health coalition who supports the bill.
Miller says he will bring the bill back in two weeks.