The Louisiana Gaming Control Board has shot down an effort by truck
stop owners to speed up the approval process for installing video poker
machines at truck stops.
The Associated Press reported that lobbyists for the truck stops were pushing for a change in rules,
claiming that restaurants and bars that use video poker machines don’t require
final approval from the board, so truck stops shouldn’t either.
The gambling board disagreed, however, and voted 5-1 to keep the
existing rules in place.
Current rules state that the gaming board must approve each new
gambling license at its monthly board meetings. Restaurants and bars are not
required to take this final step because they have a maximum limit of three
video poker machines. Truck stops can have 35 to 50 machines, based on their
volume of fuel sales, The AP reported.
According to The AP,
anyone applying for a gambling license in
must undergo standard background
checks and investigations from the state police and attorney general’s office.
However, truck stops and larger gambling operations are required to go
through one final hurdle: the monthly board meeting where representatives from
the state police and the AG outline their findings before the board, which then
votes on approval.
Members of the gaming board said that they didn’t see the approval
process as much of a delay for the truck stops and that the monthly meeting
gives local residents one last chance to air any complaints or concerns about
the licensing request.