UPDATE: Ouachita Parish Police Jury to Vote on Smoke-Free Ordinance Tonight

UPDATE: Ouachita Parish Police Jury to Vote on Smoke-Free Ordinance Tonight

An ordinance that would ban smoking in bars and bingo halls moved forward during Monday's Ouachita Parish Police Jury meeting.
Oct. 7 UPDATE: (6:40pm) - The ordinance passed 5-1 Monday evening. For more information, click here.

Oct. 7 UPDATE:
The Ouachita Parish Police Jury is set to vote on a 'Smoke-Free Air Act' ordinance tonight. The OPPJ meeting is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. Currently there are laws in place to prevent smoking in most workplaces, but it does not include bars and bingo halls. This new law would make bars and bingo halls smoke-free.

In September, the Monroe City Council approved a similar ordinance, but it will only take effect if the Ouachita Parish Police Jury and West Monroe City Council pass similar measures. The West Monroe City Council's final vote is set for Tuesday.

Sept. 16 UPDATE:
The Ouachita Parish Police Jury supported the introduction of the 'Smoke-Free Air Act' ordinance.


ORIGINAL STORY:
An ordinance that would ban smoking in bars and bingo halls is up for introduction at the Ouachita Parish Police Jury meeting tonight.

The police jury is the last of three governing bodies to vote on the introduction of the ordinance. The Monroe and West Monroe City Councils did so last week.
   
The 'Smoke-Free Air Act' ordinance would ban smoking in any workplace in the parish, including bars and bingo halls.
   
If the police jury supports the move tonight, a final vote will be set for October 7th. The Monroe City Council vote is set for September 24th. In West Monroe the final decision will be made October 8th.
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