Senator Daniel Martiny of Louisiana has introduced a bill in Louisiana that could legalize online gambling on a parish-by-parish basis. Voters would need to give the green line to this bill via a referendum vote.
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According to Martiny’s S 322 bill, each parish in Louisiana would decide for itself whether or not to place the question of online gambling as a referendum question.
The bill defines online gambling as: “Any variation or composite of an authorized game that is offered through the internet, provided that such games, or variations or composites, are found suitable for use by the board and any other game which is determined to be suitable by the board. The term includes gaming tournaments conducted via the internet in which players compete against one another in one or more games authorized by the board or in approved variations or composites thereof if the tournament is authorized by the board.”
The new bill could allow online gambling to be legalized in Louisiana, with access to online casino and poker games available to players aged 21 years and over. Players will need to be located within the state.
The new legal online gambling industry will fall under the auspices of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board, who will enforce the rules of the law and regulate the industry.
Only land-based casinos and river boat casinos that have been given licenses by the Louisiana Gaming Control Board will be allowed to offer online gambling.
Earlier this month, Louisiana introduced a bill that could legalize sports betting. H 245 comes ahead of potential changes to federal sports betting laws, and will allow sports wagering at “eligible live horse racing facilities”. The state’s four racinos, namely Delta Downs, Evangeline Downs, Fair Grounds and Louisiana Downs will most likely be covered by the new law.
H 245 does not cover mobile or online sports betting.