Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards would vote for casino in his home parish Julia O'Donoghue, New Orleans Times-Picayune · March 22, 2018 at 8:12 pm Gov. John Bel Edwards said he will vote for a casino to be opened in his rural home parish of Tangipahoa if the matter is put to a vote of local residents next fall. “If the election is called, I will vote for it,” he said during a Thursday (March 22) press conference. Edwards, a Democrat, also said he would sign the legislation currently working its way through the Louisiana Legislature that would allow Tangipahoa residents to vote to back a casino in the south end of the parish on the November ballot. That proposal, Senate Bill 417, is awaiting consideration in the Senate currently. If the governor vetoed that legislation, then the referendum couldn’t go forward. Peninsula Pacific is looking to move a riverboat gambling license it owns for DiamondJacks Casino & Hotel in Bossier City to a location along the Tangipahoa River southwest of the intersection of Interstate 12 and Highway 445, just a few miles west of St. Tammany Parish.