As the current coronavirus pandemic continues to take a toll on the sporting industry, the Senate in Louisiana has strongly come out in its pursuit of the legalization of sports betting in the state. On the 13th of May, the Senate passed the sports betting bill, SB130 with a tremendous 29-8 majority vote. The bill is now set for revision at the House of Representatives.
Based on the Louisiana constitution, The House of Representatives is tasked with either approving the bill or proposing further amendments by 1st June. If passed, Senator J. Cameron Henry proposed a parish-by-parish poll that would seek public support before sports betting goes into a vote during the November ballot later in the year.
Should the state residents okay the bill as well, it will officially become law, and the baton will be passed to the Louisiana Gaming Control Board (LGCB). The LGCB will then work in conjunction with the lawmakers to establish the specifics of tax and licensing protocols, complete with governing rules by the end of the legislative period of next year.
With this new development, Louisiana state residents who have been yearning for sports betting should stay put for a little longer as we all await the public vote this November. From the look of things, there’s a pretty high chance of the locals approving this bill even though there could be a few stumbling blocks down the road. Considering that 2018’s fantasy sports bill was approved by 47 out of the total of 64 parishes in the state, the odds are in favor of the legalization of sports betting. Better yet, lawmakers, this time, aren’t at loggerheads as they were with the fantasy sports bill two years ago.