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CHAPTER 6-D.  GAMING ELECTIONS

§1300.21.  Discontinuance of certain gaming activities, except as continued by local election

A.(1)  All forms of gaming activity as defined in Paragraph (3) of this Subsection shall be discontinued unless a majority of electors voting in the election provided for in this Section permit the continuance of such gaming activity.

(2)  At the time of the 1996 congressional general election, a proposition shall appear on the ballot in every parish to determine whether the conducting of gaming activity shall be permitted in the parish.

(3)  As used in this Section, "gaming activity" means with respect to what is authorized by law prior to May 9, 1996, in each parish, the operation of video draw poker devices, the conduct of gaming on a riverboat upon a designated river or waterway, or the conducting of land-based casino gaming operations at the official gaming establishment.

B.(1)  The ballot for the election shall provide as follows:

"LOCAL OPTION ELECTION

Within _____ (name of parish or other voting area authorized by law):

(a)  Shall the operation of a land-based casino be permitted?  YES ( ) NO ( )

(b)  Shall riverboat gaming activities be permitted?  YES ( ) NO ( )

(c)  Shall the operation of video draw poker devices be permitted? YES ( ) NO ( )"

(2)  The secretary of state shall prepare the ballot for the election by deleting from the ballot for use in each parish the ballot question pertaining to riverboat gaming in each parish not adjoining a river or waterway designated in R.S. 27:43 and by deleting from the ballot the question pertaining to the land-based casino in each parish in which an official gaming establishment is not located as provided in R.S. 27:203.

C.  A majority of votes cast on each proposition shall separately determine that issue for each parish.

D.  If a majority of the electors voting in the election vote in favor of permitting the continuation of any gaming activity, then such gaming activity may be conducted in such parish as provided by law.  If a majority of the electors voting in the election vote not to continue any gaming activity in the parish, then no license or permit shall be issued to conduct such gaming activity and no such gaming activity may be permitted in that parish.  If any such gaming activity was, prior to May 9, 1996, authorized, licensed, or permitted, and conducted in any parish in which the voters vote against continuance of such gaming activity, the licensees or permittees for such gaming activity shall discontinue gaming activity in that parish upon expiration of their current gaming license or upon revocation, suspension, or return thereof if such revocation, suspension, or return occurs prior to expiration of the license.  Video draw poker licenses may be renewed twice following the election provided the licensee is in compliance with the law and the rules adopted thereunder.  The regulatory and licensing agency for the regulation of video draw poker operations, as authorized by R.S. 27:301 et seq., and for the regulation of riverboats upon which gaming may be conducted as authorized by R.S. 27:41 et seq., shall obtain the results of the election and shall not issue any licenses in parishes where a majority of the voters voting in the election have voted against continuance of gaming activities.

E.  In any parish where a land-based casino has been authorized by state law, the election provided for in this Section shall also allow the voters of the parish to vote on the conducting of land-based casino gaming operations in the parish.  If the voters vote not to allow the conducting of land-based casino gaming operations in the parish, then the licensing and regulatory agency for the conducting of land-based casino gaming operations shall obtain the results of the elections and no license shall be issued and no such gaming operations shall be permitted in the parish.  The operation of land-based casino gaming previously existing in the parish shall be discontinued.

F.  The provisions of this Section shall not be construed to be an authorization or expansion of any type of gaming or gambling activity.  If a majority of the electors voting in the election vote in favor of gaming activity and one or more forms of such gaming were not authorized by law and conducted within the parish, such a vote shall not be interpreted to authorize that gaming activity to be conducted within the parish without a subsequent Act of the legislature which would authorize or permit that type of gambling activity or operation within the parish.

G.  Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, no gaming operations are to be conducted upon a riverboat berthed or docked at a facility on that portion of Lake Pontchartrain or any waterway connected thereto from the Kenner/Metairie border in Jefferson Parish to the Industrial Canal in Orleans Parish.

H.  Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, no more than one riverboat upon which gaming activities are conducted shall be berthed or docked on that portion of Lake Pontchartrain within the city of Kenner.  Additionally, no riverboat upon which gaming activities are conducted shall be berthed or docked in the unincorporated portion of Jefferson Parish contiguous to Lake Pontchartrain.

I.  Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, no riverboat gaming activities shall be conducted upon a riverboat berthed or docked at a facility on that portion of Lake Pontchartrain or any waterway connected thereto located within St. Tammany Parish.

J.  Except as otherwise provided in this Section, the election required in this Section shall be conducted as provided in Chapter 6-B of this Title.*

K.  The costs of the election required in this Section shall be borne by the state.

L.  Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, no licensee shall berth a riverboat in any parish in which an election was not held pursuant to this Section or in such parish in which such election was held but in which election authority was denied without a favorable vote of the electorate in the parish in which a berth is being sought as provided in this Section.

M.  Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, in parishes where riverboats are authorized to conduct gaming activities and a majority of the electors vote not to allow such gaming activities, then the license or permit shall not be reissued nor transferred to another authorized berth in any parish other than in a parish in which a riverboat upon which gaming is conducted is berthed.

Acts 1996, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 57, §1, eff. May 9, 1996; Acts 1997, No. 1235, §2, eff. July 15, 1997.

*R.S. 18:1299 et seq.

NOTE:  SEE ACTS 1996, 1ST EX. SESS., NO. 57, §§2, 3, AND 4.



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