Casinos against bill requiring them to pay for rape exams
BATON ROUGE - Casinos are objecting to a bill that would pay for rape victims' medical exams with unclaimed gambling money.
Wade Duty, of the Louisiana Casino Association, says the state should find a way to pay for victims' exams. But he says lawmakers shouldn't make casinos foot the bill because they already pay high taxes.
Despite the opposition, the proposal by Rep. Helena Moreno was approved without objection Monday by the House Appropriations Committee. It goes next to the full House.
The New Orleans Democrat says her bill is needed because women are regularly billed for rape exams, even though it is against federal law.
Casinos currently keep the roughly $1.2 million in gambling money that goes unclaimed every year.