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Louisiana lawmakers to debate parameters for sports betting

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Voters in nearly all of Louisiana parishes have said they want to legalize sports betting.

Posted: Mar 27, 2021 10:38 AM
Updated: Mar 27, 2021 10:38 AM

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Voters in nearly all of Louisiana parishes have said they want to legalize sports betting.

State lawmakers will debate in their upcoming legislative session what parameters and taxes they want to enact on the wagering.

Senate President Page Cortez will sponsor the bill setting up the rules for betting on live-action games.

He estimated the state could see anywhere from $10 million to $20 million a year from taxes on sports betting.

But the Lafayette Republican said that sort of revenue only will come if the state allows sports betting through mobile apps on phones, rather than just through casinos and other existing gambling sites in the state.

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