Legislators eye smoking ban near state buildings Legislators eye smoking ban near state buildings Advocate file photo -- The Louisiana state Capitol building in Baton Rouge. Capitol news bureau March 27, 2014 Comments Smoking within 25 feet of the public entrance of a state office building would be banned under legislation that cleared a House committee Wednesday. The House Health and Welfare Committee shipped House Bill 168 by state Rep. Frank Hoffmann to the House floor for further debate. “It’s only a start,” said Hoffmann, R-West Monroe. “Second hand is a problem.” Similar legislation cleared the House last year but died in the Senate. Hoffmann stressed that the legislation only applied to smoking near state-owned office buildings. “If there’s another building owned by Louisiana, like the Superdome or the (New Orleans) Arena, it does not apply,” he said.