Louisiana one step closer to seeing legal sports betting

Apr 4, 2018 9:18 AM

Louisiana State Senator Danny Martiny (R-Jefferson Parish) says, “When the Supreme Court rules (on the legalization of Nevada-style sports betting), I can assure you that Mississippi will be up and running in 30 to 45 days – if not sooner – and so will Arkansas."

Martiny’s comments came this week after a Louisiana State Senate committee approved a bill that would allow sports betting at Louisiana gaming facilities, including some bars and restaurants, if the US Supreme Court allowed the practice across the country and voters agree.

There was no verbal objection to the bill in the committee.

The Supreme Court is expected to rule in the next few months on the legality of the current federal law that effectively bans the practice in every state expect Nevada.

Senate Bill 266 would authorize gambling on sports at the Harrah's New Orleans casino, the 15 floating casinos, the four racetrack casinos, the 200 video poker truck stop casinos and the more than 1,000 bars and restaurants with video poker machines.