Louisiana continues to move toward legalized sports gambling
Let the good times roll in Louisiana is going to have a whole new meaning
Several states quickly moved to offer sports gambling as soon as the US Supreme Court ruled that PASPA was illegal. Since then, other states have slowly moved into the market, as well, but these have generally had a slower pace toward legalization. Louisiana is one of these, casually strolling along toward legal sports gambling. At least there’s some forward progress, though, as the state continues to head in the right direction.
Senate Bill (SB) 153 is one of the bills being considered by lawmakers in Louisiana. It survived a vote, 24-15, by the Senate at the end of April and is making its way through the political maze in the House of Representatives. In its current setup, the bill would allow the state’s 16 casinos and four horserace tracks to launch their own sportsbooks. Mobile gambling would also be authorized, but only by those same entities if they launch physical sports gambling facilities.
Gamblers would be able to bet on pro or college games, but not those at the high school level. The inclusion of college games is not something seen in every state that has legalized sports gambling, but will be a strong market for Louisiana.
Ultimately, SB 153 only paves the way for sports gambling to be considered. Each of the state’s 64 parishes will decide, through a November ballot measure, whether or not to allow the activity. If those measures are to make it to this November’s ballots, supporters need to move quickly. The current legislative session ends in a month – if the bill isn’t approved by then, it will be at least another year before sports gambling makes it to Louisiana.