- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - Legislation to permanently block expansion of bingo in Alexandria will be considered by the City Council.

The Town Talk reports (https://townta.lk/1yvvInP ) an ordinance regulating bingo activity in the city is to be introduced at next week’s council meeting.

The city has had a moratorium on bingo expansion for about eight years, but the City Council has lifted the moratorium at least twice. That moratorium has been by resolution, not by ordinance.

“The moratorium will continue. That’s permanent. But we’re putting more teeth” in it by regulating bingo and charitable gaming through an ordinance, said Harry Silver, chairman of the council’s Finance and Legal Affairs Committee.

The ordinance would block new bingo operations, he said, but an existing bingo operation could appeal to the City Council to be able to relocate under certain circumstances.



Silver gave a couple of examples of a legitimate reason to relocate, such as if a bingo parlor were damaged by fire or if “a landlord got to be greedy, made it cost-prohibitive.”

Prior to councilmen saying an ordinance would be drafted, Mayor Jacques Roy said the administration was seeking to “know which route the council wishes to take” on bingo.

Roy said the council could decide to keep the moratorium in place to stop bingo from expanding or it could regulate bingo as a franchise right, as is done in some cities. Setting it up as a franchise right would give the city the ability to set up a licensing process but also would allow for bingo expansion.

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Information from: Alexandria Daily Town Talk, https://www.thetowntalk.com

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