In the Louisiana legislature on Tuesday, both fantasy sports and sports betting were up for discussion and while the House advanced the daily fantasy sports (DFS) proposal, a Senate committee rejected a sports betting bill.
Representative Kirk Talbot introduced HB484, which would provide the state with legalized DFS contests via the Louisiana Fantasy Sports Contests Act. According to Legal Sports Report, the bill would see the Louisiana Gaming Control Board in charge of regulating operators who offer such gaming options. The bill was advanced by the Committee on Administration of Criminal Justice in March and passed the House after a vote of 67 to 23.
If the bill passes, it would be subject to a voter referendum. Voters in each parish would have to approve the measure before residents in the approved parishes would be allowed to take part. The bill has the possibility of being voted on this year’s November ballot and until such time as it or another bill becomes law, DFS will remain illegal throughout the state.
While daily fantasy sports is moving forward in the state, sports betting appears to be falling behind. Senator Danny Martiny introduced SB266, which in its original form would have allowed sports betting to take place at Harrah’s casino in New Orleans and at each one of the state’s 15 riverboat casinos and four racinos. However, the proposal was changed to only include casinos.
SB266 first came to the Committee on Judiciary where it was amended and subsequently was taken up by the Senate Finance Committee earlier this week where it was voted down 6-3 due to concern that the bill constituted gambling expansion in the state, according to The Advocate.
While the sports bill has died, the DFS measure now sits, waiting on an assignment within a Senate committee. The bill will have to move through committee as well as the full Senate and pass before it would be sent to the governor for approval.
In Late February another sports gambling bill., House Bill 245 was filed and was considered by the House Committee on Administration of Criminal Justice on April 5.