POSTED: Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 5:22pm
UPDATED: Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 8:26pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — From the water to the web, lawmakers are looking at winning big and taking a gamble with legalizing online gambling. It's a relatively new concept, legalizing online gambling. It’s one so new Louisiana lawmakers are starting to weigh its pros and cons.
"I am just seeing this as an opportunity for us to be at the forefront instead of behind the other states that will do this, especially in the south," said Mike Huval, the Republican Representative responsible for writing the resolution suggesting the study of legalizing internet gambling.
It's a gamble that could pay off in a big way for the state.
"There are monies being spent. There are monies being lost. The revenue is going to foreign countries. If people enjoy gambling online and we can provide a safe harbor for them, whatever money is being spent let's keep it in our state," Huval explained.
And allowing online gambling could actually boost the bottom line for dozens of casinos already in the state.
"Other states have looked at this and said the only states that would be eligible to offer it would be those that have a brick and mortar presence. In that case it may be something that may be attractive to the industry," explained Wade Duty with the Louisiana Casino Association.
The house is passing a resolution to form the committee that would study the benefits of legalizing internet gambling. It could be several years before it's made into law.