Louisiana riverboats to see major changes

Louisiana riverboats to see major changes

March 22, 2018 10:11 AM


In Louisiana, a State Senate committee on Tuesday advanced legislation that would make major changes to the state’s riverboat casinos.

No firm date has been established for voting on Senate Bill 316 allowing Louisiana's 15 riverboat casinos to be moved ashore with the stipulation that the new location is within 1,200 feet of the current docking site. The casinos would have to provide some "economic development" justification to the state Gaming Control Board in order to move to land.

"We wanted to promote economic development...and to address the issue of safety out on the waterways," said Republican Sen. Ronnie Johns, R-Lake Charles, who represents the area of the state with the gambling industry's largest riverboat presence.