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Does the proposed measure expand gambling in Louisiana?
That’s the question that will settle the fate of pro-gambling bills starting to move through the legislative process, lawmakers say.
If the answer is yes, “that’s a good way to kill a bill, you portray it as an expansion,” said state Sen. Ronnie Johns, R-Lake Charles, who is sponsoring the biggest change to the state’s riverboat casino law since lawmakers legalized the industry 27 years ago.
Johns’ Senate Bill 316 would allow the 15 riverboats to move ashore and replace the limit on gambling space with a limit on the number of positions on the gambling floor. Johns insists that SB316 is not an expansion because it would not remove the 15-boat cap.
Lawmakers also will be applying the expansion litmus test to bills that would rewrite the state’s laws for the Harrah’s casino in