Smoking Ban Bill Rejected By Louisiana Senate
Legislation looking to tighten restrictions on smokers fails to pass the Louisiana Senate.
Representative Frank Hoffmann's measure would prohibit smoking within 25 feet of the entrance to any building where smoking is banned. Hoffmann says his bill was an extension of the Smoke Free Air Act that was passed a few years ago.
Hoffmann says opponents are concerned how the law would be enforced. "For instance, we talked about downtown areas...(like) New Orleans on Bourbon Street or somewhere like that where you got narrow streets 25 feet from the door might be in the middle of the road. There were a lot of concepts like that that had to be dealt with," says Hoffman.
Senators voted 18-16 in favor of the Louisiana House-passed proposal, but it needed 20 votes to pass. Hoffmann could bring it back up for another vote on the Louisiana Senate floor, but he'd have to do it before the session ends June 4th.