Tuesday, 07 June 2011 11:56
Louisiana Smoking Legislation Goes Down In Smoke
Written by 

Louisiana LegislatureIt appears that Louisiana smokers will be able to continue to light ‘em up in bars and casinos – at least for another year – unless something unexpected happens in the Legislature before it adjourns on June 23.
A House bill that would have banned smoking in bars and casinos did not make it out of committee.  While still alive, a vote on another bill in the Senate likely spells the death knell for that legislation.


The bill, SB 133, sponsored by state Sen. Rob Marionneaux, D-Livonia, would have banned smoking in bars that do not serve food, while permitting smoking on outside patios.
His original bill, which banned smoking in bars and casinos and off-track betting facilities, was amended in the Senate Health and Welfare Committee to only include bars.
After the amendment, the bill was approved by the committee on a 4-3 vote.
But the full Senate defeated the measure on a vote of 15-22, killing it for this session.  Beer and liquor lobbyists worked with lobbyists for bar owners to defeat the measure.
How did area state senators vote on the bill?  State Sen. B.L. “Buddy” Shaw (R) voted for it, while Sens. Robert Adley (R), Sherri Cheek (R), and Lydia Jackson (D) voted against it.


By Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net, an email newsletter based out of North Louisiana

FAX-NET UPDATE is published weekly and delivered to your home or office by fax or e-mail. Subscription rates are: $50 for 12 months (50 issues) or $35 for six months. To subscribe, send check or money order to: Fax-Net Update, P.O. Box 44522, Shreveport, LA 71134. If you have questions, tips or want to do a guest column, call 861-0552 or send e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher.


For More Information, Watch the video below


Login to post comments
Powered By JFBConnect
  • Edwards gets Graves challenge on Louisiana flood relief money
  • Gov. Edwards's pugnacious state of union gave wrong Louisiana vision
  • Trump plus 80 days: Jim Brown, Bernie Pinsonat talk US, Louisiana politics
  • Trump should be like Reagan, not like Bush

graves c 3Shades of Katrina?

    Is political partisanship raising its ugly head again in the face of another Louisiana disaster?  Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards thinks so.

    Edwards got some rough treatment from a congressional committee in Washington, D.C. when he testified before it recently about the state’s response to flood problems.

Read More

jbeWith equal parts pugnaciousness and disingenuousness, Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards’ highly-politicized 2017 State of the State speech laid out a truly flawed vision for Louisiana going forward.

Read More

jim bernieIs Russia now our enemy, once again?

Did Donald Trump make the right move or was the latest attack, simply some wag the dog?

Read More

Iron nancy reagan 6n 1986, United States President Ronald Reagan authorized military aircraft to unleash a torrent of bombs in Tripoli, Libya to send a strong message to Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. The attack was in response to Gaddafi’s involvement in the terrorist bombing of a Berlin disco that resulted in the death of American soldiers. 

Read More


Sen. Appel talks budget, economy


Dead Pelican

Optimized-DeadPelican2 1 1