Louisiana House panel gave unanimous approval last week to a proposal that
would restrict construction of new truck stops with video-poker gambling to
within 1,000 feet from interstate exits.
bill passed the House Criminal Justice Committee April 21 by a 9-0 vote. It now
heads to the full House.
Roy “Hoppy” Hopkins, D-Oil City, the bill’s author, told WBRZ TV in
Baton Rouge he wanted some relief for neighborhoods near the noisy 24-hour
facilities that have sprung up during the past 14 years since video poker was
includes a requirement that the state only license new truck stops that want to
operate video draw poker machines unless the facility was built or would be
constructed within 1,000 feet of a federal interstate highway.
proposal would delay enforcement until January 1, 2006.
also grandfathers in the 141 existing truck stops, no matter where they are