Amid Budget Tensions, Louisiana Lawmakers Busy With Gaming Bills

Bills seeking to legalize daily fantasy sports, online gambling, and sports betting were among the measures introduced in Baton Rouge as Louisiana’s gaming industry could see substantial changes during the 2018 legislative session.

The regular session opened Monday, with lawmakers and Governor John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, facing an estimated $700m shortfall when the new budget year begins on July 1.

“A change in the computer prohibition to allow online gaming would be a significant change in Louisiana,” said Kelly Duncan, an attorney with Jones Walker and co-chair of the firm's gaming practice.

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