Louisiana loses out on sports gambling, DFS
Sports gambling legislation fizzles as the session clock expires
It came down to the wire in Louisiana, with sports gambling and daily fantasy sports (DFS) proponents in the state’s legislation hoping to pull off a miracle. A bill was being considered that would have led to regulated DFS, and a rider was added to try and pave the way for sports gambling after its own bill failed a few weeks ago. The combination of both appeared to be too much for lawmakers to handle as they had already mentally left on summer break, and now both activities will have to wait at least another year.
House Bill 459 (HB 459), created to regulate DFS, had been up for discussion by lawmakers in that chamber, but they weren’t willing to set aside their partisan differences and shot the bill down – 97-0 – because it contained a Senate amendment to try and open the doors for sports gambling. That amendment came after Senator Danny Martiny threw it in when his sports gambling bill was defeated in May. Martiny is now out of luck and time, as the end of the session also brought to an end his time as a Senator due to term limits.
Martiny said after HB 459 was defeated, “Unfortunately, there’s another side of this building that doesn’t play by the rules. I don’t like the way I was treated.”
Louisiana residents already gave state lawmakers approval to regulate DFS in a vote last November. However, now that the bill has died along with the current session, it will take at least another year before any progress can be made.