Video poker truck stops' bill advances – Houma Courier

By Tyler Bridges The Advocate (Baton Rouge)

BATON ROUGE — Owners of video poker truck stops won passage in the state House Wednesday night of their main legislative goal this year, a bill that lowers the minimum amount of fuel that they have to sell each month to remain in business as mini-casinos.

Senate Bill 184 passed easily, 72-17, and with no debate after the truck stops’ main lobbyist, Alton Ashy, agreed to changes sought by the main opponent to the measure, Louisiana Family Forum, a conservative, faith-based group.

In its final form, SB184 will drop the minimum amount of fuel that the truck stops must sell each month from 100,000 gallons to 30,000 gallons. Truck stops have to have been in business for at least 10 years to qualify to sell less fuel.

SB184 must win final passage of the Senate before it becomes law. The House vote indicates that that should not be an obstacle.

In late March, the Senate approved a slightly different version of SB184 that dropped the minimum fuel sale to 25,000 gallons per month. But because that version passed the Senate with no votes to spare, Ashy felt compelled to agree to the demand of Gene Mills, the president of Louisiana Family, to raise the minimum to 30,000 gallons to win House passage.

In an interview Wednesday, Ashy said he agreed to another demand of Mills’ that will force several truck stops that originally qualified for the maximum of 50 machines to drop to 40 machines to stay in business under the lower fuel limit. The net effect, said Mills will be a slight drop in the number of video poker machines in the state. The truck stops are allowed to operate in 31 of the state’s 64 parishes.

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