La. State Senator Says He'll Bring Back Sports Betting Bill

Sep 12, 2018

LEGALIZED SPORTS BETTING - Analysts say the sports betting industry is worth $6 billion annually.
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LA. SPORTS BETTING -   This year Louisiana  lawmakers  approved  a bill  that  allows  riverboat casinos to move on land.  But  Lawmakers  didn’t support a bill that would’ve allowed sports betting while other states including neighboring Mississippi, approved legal wagering on sports which analysts say is at least a 6 billion dollar industry.

During the last regular session,  State Senator Danny Martiny (R-Metairie)  brought  the  bill  that would  have  allowed  Louisiana  voters  to  vote on  sports  betting.  He told Public Radio WRKF in Baton  Rouge  that his bill would’ve helped address state budget shortfalls.                

Sen. Danny Martiny (R-Metarie,LA)
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Martiny said “You can beat your chest and say ‘hey, we voted down sports betting’.  Also we probably have to close some universities and hospitals because don’t have any revenue. And the legislature, particularly the House is not hell-bent on providing enough money to fund—you know – they don’t want to raise taxes and they don’t want to make cuts. Well good, this is another available way that we could solve some of those problems.”                           

Senator Martiny says he’ll bring a Sports Betting Bill for consideration during the next Regular Session in April.