Louisiana senators refused Thursday to repeal a law that bans employers from discriminating against smokers, after opponents said the change could lead to widespread firings.

Voting for the bill were Martiny and Sen. Ronnie Johns, R-Lake Charles. Voting against the bill were Peacock and Sens. Bob Kostelka, R-Monroe, and Ed Murray, D-New Orleans.

The fact is that insurance may go up by 5% and that is a big maybe. All workers should be protected from the use of a legal commodity.



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