State smoking ban defeated in House vote

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The Senate said yes, but the House said no. CityBusiness has the scoop:

The Louisiana House today voted down a bill by state Rep. Gary Smith, D-Norco, to ban smoking in bars and casinos, on the heels of the Senate’s approval last week of similar legislation.

The measure failed with 29 members voting in favor and 71 voting against.

So that's that; bars can still set their own smoking/non-smoking policies. But of course we couldn't get through the vote without the latest episode of "Legislators Say the Darnedest Things":

State Rep. Reed Henderson, D-Chalmette, said the bill amounted to discrimination against a smoking minority – no different, he said, than discriminating against gays.

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