The Chairman of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board told the Times-Picayune newspaper that he expects a bill to be introduced this year that would legalize online betting in his state.
Ronnie Jones, the LGCB's Chairman told the newspaper: "I suspect a bill will likely be introduced, but I can't confirm (this)."
Continuing his interview, Jones said: "The gaming board has no position on legalizing internet gaming. We're neither for it or against it. Only the legislature can change the law."
A move to legalize online betting in the Bayou State would reverse a 1997 law that outlawed online betting. Last year the state's politicians passed a measure to figure out the requirements that would be necessary to legalize cyber betting, as the state became aware of the positives that the industry could bring.
That resolution formed a task force who investigated online betting, who came up with the following recommendations:
Louisiana citizens must have trust and confidence that companies and individuals involved in internet gaming have been vetted and are suitable to handle their transactions.
There should be a state capability to detect violations of law, regulations and criminal activity.
Specialized regulatory compliance that can ensure the systems and programs operate in a consistent and fair manner are essential.
Safeguards to adequately prevent underage and problem gamblers are critical.
The technological nature of online gambling requires the services of specialized IT technicians, and security and auditing experts.