HOUMA, La. (AP) - A pair of lawmakers want the Legislature to modify rules limiting video poker machines inside truck stops to allow businesses to keep machines when roadwork hurts fuel sales.
Under current law, licensed truck stops can have 25 video poker machines temporarily during startup, with the final number determined by future fuel sales.
The formula is based on average monthly fuel sales. For example, a truck stop that sells 100,000 gallons of fuel, including 40,000 gallons of diesel, can have up to 50 video poker machines.
Sen. Troy Brown, a Napoleonville Democrat, tells The Courier of Houma Senate Bill 141 would offer relief to businesses in that area and set standards to avoid similar future problems.
Rep. Bryan Adams, R-Gretna, has also introduced House Bill 146, which has the same intent as Brown's bill.