Regulations for Louisiana’s sports betting market, as well as a separate bill outlining how funds generated by legal wagering will be distributed, are on their way to Governor John Bel Edwards for his signature.
Senate Bill 247, sponsored by Senate President Patrick Page Cortez, and Senate Bill 142, sponsored by Senator Rick Ward III, both passed after going to a conference committee after the upper chamber rejected amendments proposed by the House of Representatives.
This meant they got approval on the last day of the state legislatives’ session.
Cortez’s bill returned from the House with many amendments, all of which the Senate did not pass.
Its chances of passing and Louisiana’s chances of legalized gambling in 2021 depended on lawmakers from each chamber.
The conference committee then agreed to accept the amendments. The Senate passed the bill with 33 votes in favor and three opposed. This means that 20 licenses will be available for the state’s casinos and racetracks.