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Smoking ban at state office buildings wins passage

3 years 1 month 2 days ago May 22, 2014 May 22, 2014 Thursday, May 22 2014 May 22, 2014 6:38 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Hunter Robinson

BATON ROUGE - After years of trying, a West Monroe lawmaker has successfully persuaded the full Legislature to ban smoking within 25 feet of a public entrance to a state-owned office building.

The Senate gave final passage to Republican Rep. Frank Hoffmann's bill with a 31-6 vote Wednesday.

Hoffmann has pushed the proposal for years as a way to lessen exposure to secondhand cigarette smoke but previously ran into opposition from senators.

Gov. Bobby Jindal will next consider making the bill a law.

A person caught smoking within 25 feet of a public entrance to state office buildings or a wheelchair ramp leading to an entrance would pay $25 for the first offense, $50 for a second offense and $100 for subsequent offenses.

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