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Proposed legislation to legalize gaming in Louisiana

Proposed legislation that would see Louisiana investigate the feasibility of legalising some form of intra-state online gambling has passed through the southern American state’s House of Representatives and is now in the Senate.

Louisiana House of Representatives Concurrent Resolution 3 was approved by the lower legislative chamber on Wednesday by a vote of 62 to 22 before being subsequently referred to the Louisiana Senate’s Judiciary Committee for its input.

If approved by the Senate, the proposed legislation introduced by Mike Huval in March would see the Louisiana House of Representative’s Criminal Justice Administration Committee partner with the Judiciary B Committee of the Louisiana Senate ‘to study the feasibility and practicality of authorising Internet gaming’ in the state and report their findings before the start of next year’s first legislative session.

“Be it further resolved that the joint committee shall seek input from the office of the governor, the Louisiana Gaming Control Board, the office of state police gaming division, the gaming division of the office of the attorney general, the gaming industry and any other parties deemed appropriate by the committee,” reads the Resolution.

Huval told local television station KATC that he introduced the measure as a way of potentially regulating online gambling and making an activity many Louisianans already enjoy safer.

“It’s not a matter of if, it’s just a matter of when it's going to happen,” said the Republican.

“I’m not promoting gambling. I want to provide a way to make it safer for our residents.”