BATON ROUGE, La. (KTVE/KARD) — This proposition deals with legalizing placing bets for your favorite sports teams.
Louisiana Sports Betting Parish Measures are on the ballot in each of Louisiana’s 64 parishes as legislatively referred ballot questions on November 3, 2020.
Sports Betting proposition on the ballot:
To enact R.S. 18:1300.24 and R.S. 27:15.1, relative to sports wagering; to provide for a
proposition election to determine whether sports wagering activities and operations
will be permitted in a parish; to provide for regulatory authority with the Louisiana
Gaming Control Board; to require the enactment and effectiveness of laws on
licensing, regulation, and taxation of sports wagering activities before such activities
are permitted; and to provide for related matters.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of Louisiana:
Section 1. R.S. 18:1300.24 is hereby enacted to read as follows:
§1300.24. Election on sports wagering
A.(1) At the statewide election occurring on November 3, 2020, a
proposition shall appear on the ballot in every parish to determine whether
sports wagering activities and operations shall be permitted in the parish.
(2) The ballot for the election shall state as follows:
“PROPOSITION TO AUTHORIZE SPORTS WAGERING
Shall sports wagering activities and operations be permitted in the parish
of _____? YES ( ) NO ( )”
B. The voters shall vote for or against the proposition. A vote for the proposition being a “YES” vote, and a vote against the proposition being a
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C.(1) If a majority of the qualified electors in the parish voting on the
proposition vote for the proposition, then sports wagering activities and
operations shall be permitted in such parish only after state laws providing for
the licensing, regulation, and taxation of such activity and operations are
enacted and become effective.
(2) If a majority of the qualified electors in the parish voting on the
proposition vote against the proposition, then sports wagering activities and
operations shall not be permitted in the parish.
D. The secretary of state shall prepare the ballot for the election as set
forth in the provisions of this Section.
E. Except as otherwise provided by this Section, the election shall be
conducted in accordance with the Louisiana Election Code.
Section 2. R.S. 27:15.1 is hereby enacted to read as follows:
§15.1. Sports Wagering
A. In the event of the legalization of sports wagering in any parish as a
result of the proposition election held on November 3, 2020, the Louisiana
Gaming Control Board shall have all regulatory authority, control, and
jurisdiction, including investigation, licensing, and enforcement, and all power
incidental or necessary to such regulatory authority, control, and jurisdiction
over all aspects ofsports wagering activities and operations, except as otherwise
specified in this Title.
B. For purposes of this Section, “sports wagering” shall be defined as
the business of accepting wagers on any sports event or sports contest by any
system or method of wagering.
Section 3. R.S. 18:1300.24 shall be considered a special law for purposes of
Louisiana Constitution Article XII, Section 6(C)(4).
Section 4. Section 2 of this Act shall become effective January 1, 2021, if in the
statewide election to be held on November 3, 2020, a majority of the qualified electors in
at least one parish in the state vote to approve the proposition to permit sports wagering in
such parish. However, sports wagering shall not be authorized by the Louisiana Gaming
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Control Board in such parish until state laws providing for the licensing, regulation, and
taxation of sports wagering activities and operations are enacted and become effective.
Section 5. Sections 1, 3, 4 and this Section shall become effective June 10, 2020.
What does a vote for this proposition mean?
A “yes” vote supports allowing sports betting, subject to legislative regulation and taxation, within each parish in which this question is approved.
A “no” vote opposes allowing sports betting within each parish in which this question is approved, thereby continuing to prohibit sports betting within that parish.
Senate Bill 130, passed by the Louisiana State Senate on May 13, 2020, was designed to ask the voters in each of Louisiana’s 64 parishes whether or not to authorize sports betting within the parish.
If a majority of voters in the parish support authorizing sports betting, sports betting would be allowed in the parish after state laws are passed providing for the regulation of such activities.
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- Amendment 1: No Right to Abortion in Constitution Amendment
- Amendment 2: Include Oil and Gas Value in Tax Assessment of Wells Amendment
- Amendment 3: Use of Budget Stabilization Fund for Declared Disasters Amendment
- Amendment 4: Expenditures Limit Growth Formula Amendment
- Amendment 5: Payments in Lieu of Property Taxes Option Amendment
- Amendment 6: Homestead Exemption Special Assessment Income Limit Amendment
- Amendment 7: Unclaimed Property Permanent Trust Fund Amendment
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