Louisiana Sports Betting Bill Advances in Senate

Louisiana State Seal With a Casino and Historic Background

A bill that would allow legal Louisiana sports betting advanced in the Senate on Tuesday to set the regulations for sports betting in parishes which voted in favor of its legalization.

55 out of 64 Louisiana parishes voted to allow sports betting on live-action games but before players could start making wagers, lawmakers must first set the regulations and tax rates.

The bill next heads to the full Senate for a debate but could be diverted to the Senate budget committee for a second review.

A separate bill filed by Republican Rep. John Stefanski of Crowley, passed the House on a 78-24 vote on Monday and awaits debate in the Senate. That measure would set the tax rates for legal Louisiana sports betting.

20 Sports Betting Licenses Available

The Senate bill which was backed without objection by a Senate judiciary committee is sponsored by Senate President Page Cortez. Unde the measure, a total fo 20 Louisiana sports betting licenses would be handed out, with the state’s casinos and race tracks given the priority to get those licenses.

If Louisiana casinos and race tracks don’t apply for all of the 20 available legal Louisiana sports betting licenses, fantasy sports operators and video poker establishments in the 55 parishes where sports betting is legal would be able to apply for the remaining licenses.

Must Be Physically Present

To place a legal sports bet, a player would have to be at least 21 years old and be physically present in one of the 55 parishes who voted to legalize Louisiana sports betting.
If the bettor lives in a parish that voted against it, then he must drive up to any of the parishes who did.

Before a bettor can place a wager, he must digitally register and deposit via smartphone or other mobile devices. Athletes, coaches, and referees are not allowed to place legal sports wagers in games where they are involved.