- Associated Press - Friday, August 14, 2015

SULPHUR, La. (AP) - Bars, casinos and bingo facilities in Sulphur may become exempt from the city’s recently adopted smoking ban ordinance if an amendment is passed.

The amendment was introduced at this week’s city council meeting. Councilman Randy Favre, who first pushed for the ordinance’s adoption, said the amendment would exempt bars, casinos and bingo halls from the smoking ban.

Other facilities and outdoor spaces would still have to adhere to the law.

Favre tells the American Press (http://bit.ly/1eOXZNb) that since the ordinance’s adoption on July 12, the anticipated dip in revenue was much higher than expected. While most businesses experience a 20 percent to 22 percent drop in revenue, businesses in Sulphur suffered a 35 percent to 40 percent loss.

A special meeting to discuss the amendment will be held Aug. 24.

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Information from: American Press, http://www.americanpress.com

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