Louisiana waits after “floating” the idea of land-based casinos

Louisiana waits after “floating” the idea of land-based casinos

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 Posted by Luke Massey
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A task force recommended that the state's casinos be permitted on land

Senator Ronnie Johns has been afforded more time to find the backing required to pass a bill that would permit the expansion of Louisiana’s floating casinos.

The vote on whether the state’s 15 river casinos could be operated on land was scheduled to take place on Monday 23 April, but this date has now passed.

Republican Johns admitted last week that he was still “a few votes short”, while acknowledging that he didn’t want Bill 316 to be voted on until he could be sure of backing across the floor.

Wade Duty, Louisiana Casino Association’s Executive Director, believes that more profitable casinos from the 15 riverboat casinos would mean more revenue for the state.

As reported in local media outlet WWL, he said: “Having these boats on the water does not necessarily lend itself to a good revenue base for the state and also predictable jobs.”

“Being able to get these boats off of the water and into a land configuration improves not only your predictability as far as maintenance, but not only the attractiveness for the customer,” he added.

However, Louisiana Family Forum President Gene Mills countered: “[The proposed expansion] does increase their square footage, their gaming area as well as their gaming opportunities, so its undeniably an expansion, not in the terms of licence, but in terms of opportunity.”

Totally Gaming says: The Riverboat Economic Development and Gaming Task Force is confident that turning Louisiana’s 15 riverboat casinos into land-based venues would boost the industry. If passed, the river casinos could operate on land within 1,200ft of their berth, while the upper limit for floor size would relate to the numbers of machines and tables.

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