UPDATE: Bill moving riverboat casinos to land signed by Governor

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UPDATE: Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards signed the bill that allows riverboat casinos to move the land. 

SB 316 allows riverboat casinos to move out of the water as long as they remain within 1,200 feet of their existing berths and can demonstrate economic development.

It’s expected to be six months before the riverboat operators apply for relocation with the state’s gaming regulator, the Gaming Control Board.

UPDATE: A bill that would let riverboat casinos move to land is headed to Governor John Bel Edwards’ desk. 

SB 316 allows riverboat casinos to move out of the water as long as they remain within 1,200 feet of their existing berths and can demonstrate economic development.

The bills author, State Senator Ronnie Johns, has said the bill will impact the Shreveport/Bossier City market the best. 

“Shreveport-Bossier City is taking a beating because the Indian tribes in southern Oklahoma are building huge casinos on the Texas-Oklahoma border” Johns told the committee.  

The Bossier Parish Chamber of Commerce has thrown its support behind the bill, urging area lawmakers to approve it. 

ORIGINAL:

A Louisiana House committee approves a bill that would let riverboat casinos move to land.

Members of the House Committee on Administration of Criminal Justice voted 10-4 to approve Senate Bill 316.

The bills author, State Senator Ronnie Johns, says the bill will impact the Shreveport/Bossier City market the best. 

“Shreveport-Bossier City is taking a beating because the Indian tribes in southern Oklahoma are building huge casinos on the Texas-Oklahoma border” Johns told the committee.  

If approved, SB 316 would allow riverboat casinos to move out of the water as long as they remain within 1,200 feet of their existing berths and can demonstrate economic development

Shreveport/Bossier City is home to six riverboat casinos along the Red River.

The bill has already been approved in the Senate and now moves to the full House.

The Bossier Chamber of Commerce has already thrown its support behind SB 316. 

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