Louisiana Political News Wire
House committee backs bill requiring barroom bouncers to get training
Baton Rouge -- The Louisiana House Judiciary Committee made minor changes Thursday to a bill that would require liquor outlets to train security personnel on how to deal with problem patrons, then sent it to the House floor for more debate. The panel gave unanimous support to Senate Bill 234 by Sen. Gary Smith, D-Norco, which is designed to better equip bouncers to deal with problems. Weeks ago, Smith told a Senate committee that there has been an increase in the number of bouncers using "excessive force" and his bill is designed to curb that. At the request of the hotel industry, the panel modified the bill to make the training course required of just security personnel who work in bars, clubs and lounges at hotels and motels, not to all hotel and motel security employees.
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