Posted: Jan 21, 2014 11:17 AM by Russell Jones
BATON ROUGE - Members of a legislative committee heard testimony Tuesday about the challenges of legalizing gambling over the internet in Louisiana.
The joint committee heard the results of a study from gambling regulators and Louisiana State Police looking into the effects internet betting could have on the state. Rep. Mike Huval asked for the study last year.
The groups said the legal issue is still evolving, but that three states have already legalized internet gambling. New Jersey operators were expected to make $1.2 billion in their first fiscal year, and experts predict the internet gambling market in the U. S. is worth around $4 to $6 billion.
A report from state regulators said lawmakers would need to make sure people playing in Louisiana had confidence in the security of such sites, and that technology could be put in place to make sure the people gaming were not underage and were physically in the state.
News 2's Jason Newton will have more on the hearing tonight at 5 p.m.