State legislators took the first major step Tuesday toward sending Louisiana sports betting to the ballot this year.
The Louisiana Senate approved SB 153, a relatively limited sports betting bill restricting wagering to casinos and racetracks, on a 24-15 vote. The bill introduced by Sen. Danny Martiny does not create legal sports betting in Louisiana; rather, it creates a ballot question asking voters to approve wagering.
The bill moves to the House and has time to move there. Louisiana’s legislative session does not end until June 6.
Similar to the daily fantasy sports bill green-lighted in a majority of Louisiana last year, the LA sports betting bill will require parish-by-parish approval. Parishes in Louisiana are similar to counties in other states.