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Louisiana Sports Betting Parish Measures (2020)

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.[1]

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.

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Measure design

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.[1]

Text of measure

Ballot title

The ballot title is as follows, with each parish name inserted:[1]

PROPOSITION TO AUTHORIZE SPORTS WAGERING ACTIVITIES

Shall sports wagering activities and operations be permitted in the parish of PARISH NAME?

YES ( )

NO ( )[2]

Full text

The full text of the bill is available here.

Support

Louisiana Wins is leading the campaign in support of the measures.[3]

Arguments

  • Ryan Berni, a spokesperson for Louisiana Wins, said, “”We can keep those dollars here in Louisiana to grow our economy and make investments in things like education and infrastructure by legalizing sports wagering this fall.”[4]

Opposition

Ballotpedia did not identify committees, organizations, or individuals opposing the ballot measures. If you are aware of any opponents or opposing arguments, please send an email with a link to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Background

2018 fantasy sports parish referendums

See also: Louisiana Fantasy Sports Contests Parish Measures (2018)

The Louisiana Legislature referred similar measures to parish ballots in 2018 to authorize fantasy sports contests. In 2018, House Bill 484 (HB 484) provided for the fantasy sports parish ballot measures. In parishes that approved the measure, online fantasy sports contests, including daily fantasy sports (DFS), were permitted. In parishes that rejected the measure, online fantasy sports contests continued to be prohibited. Voters in 47 parishes approved measures authorizing fantasy sports. Voters in 17 parishes rejected the measures.

HB 484 defined fantasy sports contests as simulation sports games played through the internet or mobile devices in which participants create teams based on the current rosters of actual amateur or professional sports teams and win prizes and awards. The bill allowed the Louisiana Gaming Control Board to license and regulate fantasy sports contests.

Path to the ballot

See also: Legislatively referred state statute

In Louisiana, a simple majority vote in both chambers of the state legislature is required to refer a statutory measure to the ballot. The governor’s signature is also required to refer such a measure.

Senator Cameron Henry (R-9) introduced the measure, Senate Bill 130, on February 25, 2020.[5]

The Louisiana State Senate passed the bill in a vote of 29-8 on May 13, 2020. The Louisiana House of Representatives passed the bill on May 17, 2020, in a vote of 71-23 with nine representatives absent. On June 12, 2020, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards (D) signed the bill sending the measure to each parish ballot.[5]

Vote in the Louisiana State Senate
May 13, 2020
Requirement: Simple majority vote of all members in each chamber
Number of yes votes required: 20  Approveda
Yes No Not voting
Total 29 8 2
Total percent 74.36% 20.5% 5.13%
Democrat 8 2 2
Republican 21 6 0
Vote in the Louisiana House of Representatives
May 27, 2020
Requirement: Simple majority vote of all members in each chamber
Number of yes votes required: 53  Approveda
Yes No Not voting
Total 72 23 9
Total percent 69.23% 22.11% 8.65%
Democrat 26 5 4
Republican 44 18 5
Independent 2 0 0

See also

External links

Footnotes

  1. 1.01.11.2Louisiana State Legislature, “Senate Bill 130 full text,” accessed May 19, 2020
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributable to the original source.
  3. Louisiana Wins, “Home, ” accessed September 22, 2020
  4. The Advocate, “Sports betting legalization effort kicks off with the Saints,” September 12, 2020
  5. 5.05.1Louisiana State Legislature, “Senate Bill 130 Overview,” accessed May 15, 2020



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