A bill that would allow for the potential development of a casino in Slidell, Louisiana took an important step yesterday, as the legislation passed through the House Committee on Administration of Criminal Justice.
The bill was sent to the committee by opponents of the bill, including lawmakers and residents of Slidell. The verbiage of the bill would allow for voters in St. Tammany Parish to ultimately decide if the casino is built. Ultimately, the Committee voted with an 8-2 margin to send the full bill to the House floor for debate and a vote.
There are currently plans to build a $250 million casino in Slidell, which would bring jobs and visitors to the area. Slidell was heavily damaged in 2005 during Hurricane Katrina, and it continues to rebuild even to this day.
Without a doubt, this casino bill has a long way to go, and we'll be following the story as the bill advances.