New Slots for New OrleansPublished July 16, 2003 by OCR Editor
Slot machines could be added at New Orleans' horse racing track. The New Orleans Fair Grounds has asked the City Council to schedule an Oct. 4 referendum on whether to allow the track to have slot machines. A Senate-passed bill, by Sen.
Lambert Boissiere, D-New Orleans, would let Orleans Parish voters decide whether to let the Fair Grounds install the gambling machines. Similar measures have failed in other legislative sessions. Slot machines had been barred from the track because Harrah's casino was granted a monopoly on gambling in New Orleans. If approved by the full House, and then through referendum by New Orleans voters, the bill would allow the track to install up to 700 slot machines over the next two years.
Slot machines already are in operation at Delta Downs in Vinton and Louisiana Downs at Bossier City. Slot machines also have been authorized for a new Evangeline Downs near Opelousas.