Timeline for a decision on Louisiana's 15th gaming license

By Adam Hooper - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - In less than a month one of three companies will be chosen to take control of Louisiana's final gaming license. On February, 9 2011 Louisiana State Police will share the results of their suitability study, of all three companies, with the Gaming Control Board. On February, 17 2011 board members will vote.

Three companies are vying for Louisiana's last gaming license. Dan Lee with Creative Casinos has proposed Mojito Pointe for Lake Charles. William Trotter with Saint Gabriel Downs wants to bring a Hard Rock Casino to the Lake Charles lake front. And, Penn National Gaming hopes to put a Hollywood Casino on the Harvey Canal, near New Orleans.

Robert Jones, who serves on the Louisiana Gaming Control Board, said the board  must vote in February to allow enough time to get that decision on a ballot, for residents to vote.

"The timeline is such that there can be a vote in April. If there is no vote in April the vote doesn't come until October. That is six months. I think the police jury has already started taking steps to certify an election for April," said Robert Jones.

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