John Bel Edwards has nominated two members of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board, but does not replace the vacant chair.
The governor appointed Ashly Anderson Taylor of Hammond to a committee of nine and reappointed Claude D. Jackson of Rodessa. Edwards announced his appointment on his website on Friday. The board regulates games in Louisiana.
Edwards has not appointed a replacement for former Chairman Mike Noel, who resigned on June 9.
Noel may have asked him at the board of directors about his role as a state police officer when the black driver Ronald Green was murdered 2019. Green died after state soldiers stunned, beat, and dragged him,Associated PressReported. Soldiers have not been charged in a federal investigation.
Governor spokesman Christina Stephen said Edwards would "sooner or later" appoint the chair of the governing board.
"The Governor is working to find a committee member with the right skills and experience to lead this important time in the Louisiana gaming industry," she said.
Senator wants regulatory work
Sen. Ronnie Johns, R, spoke with the governor about the position and stated that he would like to take up the position. Johns is from Lake Charles, one of the state's casino hubs. The Lake Charles region was hit by two major hurricanes last year and is still recovering.
"It's the Governor's call, but if he praises me for offering me that position, I'm very hoping, Senator said.
Greg Hillburn, a reporter for USA Today Network in Louisiana, speculated on Twitter that the governor had not yet nominated Johns, as Democrat Edwards may need a Republican senator. Vote for the "Approaching Veto Override Session".
"Just a theory is being spoken by lawmakers," the reporter tweeted.
Possibility of betting 2022
State Senator Page Cortez, R, said Noel's resignation caused "problems" in efforts to reject and run sports in the state by this fall's football season. Professional and college football is very interested in Louisiana.
Cortez sponsored one of the legislation needed to implement mobile and onsite sports betting in the state. The Legislative Assembly 10, which ended in June, took place at the Houses of Parliament in Baton Rouge. The governor signed the sports betting bill after a while.
Before anyone can do legal sports betting in Louisiana, the Gaming Control Board needs to set rules to regulate the industry. If the sports betting rules are applied, the bet will be legal at 55. Of the 64 parishes that approved it in the November elections last year.
The former chairman told Cortez that the process of setting regulatory rules could delay sports betting in the state early 2022.
Board staff are working on regulation, but the panel "will soon reach a turning point," said Wade Duty of the Casino Association, who needs a chairman to make important decisions. increase. Louisiana.
"I haven't pressed the panic button yet,"An executive dictator of an industry group said recently.