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Bill Proposes Vote on St. Landry Casino

17 May 2006

LOUISIANA -- As reported by the Advocate: "Evangeline Downs race track in St. Landry Parish could become Louisiana's second state-regulated land casino if a bill headed to the Senate floor becomes law.

"The Senate Judiciary B Committee reported the legislation without action Tuesday. That means the Senate will have to decide whether to consider expanding the gambling facility near Opelousas.

"Evangeline Downs needs to compete with unregulated Indian casinos that are in easy driving distance, said the bill's sponsor, Sen. Don Cravins, D-Opelousas.

"Evangeline Downs already bills itself as a casino and operates slot machines as well as horse race wagering.

"But it cannot offer table games — such as blackjack, craps and roulette — offered by Indian casinos in Marksville, Kinder and Baldwin. That's putting Evangeline Downs at a big disadvantage, Cravins said.

"...Cravins wants to change state law to allow the Evangeline Downs facility, operated by Peninsula Gaming, to offer table games..."

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