A bill to allow sports book gaming has cleared a Senate committee. Senate Judiciary “B” passed Metairie Senator Danny Martiny’s bill, which allows sports book wagering in any facility that has gaming, including video poker.
The United States Supreme Court is weighing a decision on whether or not to allow sports wagering in other states besides Nevada and New Jersey. States like Mississippi have already passed legislation to jump into sports betting as soon as the Supreme Court rules.
“We shouldn’t be in this position,” says Sen. Norby Chabert R-Houma. “Hopefully between here and the floor some cooler heads can prevail.”
Chabert was referring to the idea of allowing all of the video poker outlets to have sports book wagering which would still require a statewide vote of the people. Local option rules would also be applied similarly to existing video poker rules.
Martiny says he offered the legislation to try to chip away at the huge budget deficit and did not object to any of the amendments adding video poker outlets to participate.
The bill could end up in the Senate Finance committee before heading to the full senate.