Betting on the bayou? Louisiana lawmakers move sports betting Jill R. Dorson, SportsHandle · May 6, 2020 at 3:34 pm Louisiana lawmakers have been down this road before. In 2018, lawmakers sent the decision to legalize daily fantasy sports to the voters. Eighteen months later, Louisianans still can’t play. And legal sports wagering may be headed in the same direction. A Senate committee approved three amended sports betting bills, at least two of which will now go to the Finance Committee. But legal sports betting could, well, run into the same issue as daily fantasy — the bills call for a referendum and do not include a tax rate. A two-thirds majority of Louisiana lawmakers must approve any tax bill, and that’s been too high of a bar for lawmakers to clear so far on the daily fantasy front.