State gaming audit shows need for improvement

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A report from the state Legislative Auditor says there is room for improvement in the way Louisiana State Police regulate legalized gambling.

The audit was requested by the state police commander, Mike Edmonson. Among the findings: Thirteen percent of video poker licensees have not had a compliance inspection; not all video-poker truck stops have been audited to make sure they meet fuel sales requirements; and there is sometimes inconsistency in enforcement of regulations.

State police took issue with some of the findings, saying decisions were based on how best to use limited personnel to limit risks of violations; they agreed with some of the findings and said they are taking steps to improve.

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