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Shreveport Casino Smoking Exemption and Bond Proposal

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Courtesy: Chuck Smith / Red River Radio News

SHREVEPORT SMOKING BAN?— Last year the Shreveport City Council passed an ordinance to  ban all smoking in all workplaces including restaurants, bars, and casinos;  the ordinance will go into effect August 1st.  But the casino industry wants an exemption, and says the smoking ban will hurt their business  and local economy as well.  So on Tuesday the Shreveport City Council will decide on whether  or not to allow  smoklng  in Shreveport  casinos,    Groups  like   Smoke  Free  Louisiana   and  health experts  have  opposed  the exemption  saying  smoking  puts  the  health  of casino employees  at  risk.    At a recent press conference  Ashley Hebert, Louisiana  Government Relations Director with  the American Heart Association   explained  that  hospitality  workers  deserve  a  smoke free workplace.   

"It's beyond time to treat our hospitality workers the same; for years they have been left out when it comes to their health, having to put their health on the backburner and their paycheck first and it's not right," Hebert said.

"It's beyond time to treat our hospitality workers the same; for years they have been left out when it comes to their health," Ashley Hebert, La. Gov't. Relations / American Heart Association

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Ashley Hebert, La. Gov't Relations / American Heart Association

A petition urging council members to vote no is on the American Heart Association’s website. Also on the agenda  for  Tuesday’s  City Council Meeting – Mayor Adrian Perkins is expected to present a $236 million dollar  bond proposal aimed at improving public facilities,  acquiring new equipment for police and fire departments, along with new buildings, equipment and furnishings.  The proposal will be comprised of general obligation bonds payable from ad valorem  taxes.

This will be the second time the Perkins administration has brought a bond proposal to the City Council.   An earlier bond proposal in 2019 was brought to the voters and rejected. 

Chuck Smith brings more than 30 years' broadcast and media experience to Red River Radio. He began his career as a radio news reporter and transitioned to television journalism and newsmagazine production. Chuck studied mass communications at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia and motion picture / television production at the University of California at Los Angeles. He has also taught writing for television at York Technical College in Rock Hill, South Carolina and video / film production at Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport.