The proposal for a new casino in south Louisiana’s St. Tammany Parish will be put to voters in November.
US.- The St. Tammany Parish Council has voted 8-6 to let voters decide on a potential new casino in Louisiana.
During a 7-hour debate, the authorities allowed the proposal to be included on the November ballot to let residents decide.
Casino operator Peninsula Pacific has closed its DiamondJacks casino in Bossier Parish following poor performance and wants to move its licence to a new site. However, to do that, it needs St. Tammany parish to reverse an anti-casino vote from 1996.
Gaming supporters hope the new venue could provide much-needed tax revenue, as well as create new jobs. However, there’s opposition to the venue, as some claims casinos tend to over-promise and generate other problems.