Sports betting in New Orleans is getting close to becoming a legal recreational activity after the Louisiana Senate successfully approved Senate Bill 130 (SB 130) by a vote of 29-8. After the approval by the Senate, the decision to implement the bill has now been left at the hands of the state residents. The residents of the state will now go to the ballot finally decide whether they want sports betting or not in November.
Ever since Senator Cameron Henry tabled SB130, the bill has been making its way up the legislative chain, receiving a significant amount of support through its course. Earlier this month, for instance, the senate judiciary committee approved the SB130 unanimously.
However, before state residents weigh in on the proposed bill, the Louisiana House of Representatives first will need to ink off on SB 130. Should it get sanctioned, a host of gaming arenas, both commercial and tribal gaming venues, will go full throttle to show the local population that permitting sports betting was a great thing for their community in the first place.
If recent history can be used as a point of reference for the success of this bill, there are pretty high chances of legalizing sports betting in the state. In 2018, 47 out of a total of 64 parishes in the state backed up the proposition to legalize daily fantasy sports. But then, because legislators couldn’t determine how to tax activity, the plan failed to bear any fruition. The only thing that locals should now hope for is that the lawmakers have learned their lesson and will be able to agree upon how tax and regulatory measures can be implemented.