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§93.  Authorization of local governing authorities; fees; regulation; local option

A.(1)  The local governing authority of the parish or municipality in which the licensed berth of a riverboat is located may levy an admission fee of up to two and one-half dollars for each passenger boarding or embarking upon a riverboat, provided that in Bossier Parish, other than in Bossier City, and Caddo Parish an admission fee of up to three dollars may be levied.  The governing authority of Bossier City, for each riverboat located in Bossier City in Bossier Parish, shall levy an assessment in the amount of four and five-tenths percent of the monthly net gaming proceeds as defined in R.S. 27:44(15) as the admission fee.  For purposes of this Section, "licensed berth" shall mean the berth, dock, facility, or boarding area from which a riverboat excursion is authorized to originate by the board or from which a riverboat is authorized by the board to operate.  The authority granted to local governing authorities in Calcasieu Parish in this Subsection may be assigned to a gaming district established in accordance with R.S. 33:9576.

(2)  Funds derived from the admission fee which the local governing authority of the parishes of Caddo and Bossier or the municipality of Shreveport may levy for each passenger in accordance with Paragraph (1) of this Subsection, when the riverboat is licensed to operate within their jurisdiction, shall be allocated as follows:

(a)  Eighty percent of the revenues collected within the parish of Bossier, other than Bossier City, to the governing authority where the boat is located; sixty-nine percent of the revenues collected within the parish of Caddo to the governing authority where the boat is located.

(b)  Twelve and one-half percent of the revenues collected within the parish of Caddo to the Caddo Parish Commission.

(c)  Four percent of the revenues collected within the parish of Caddo to the Greater Shreveport Economic Development Foundation.

(d)  Twelve and one-half percent of the revenues collected within the parish of Caddo to the Caddo Educational Excellence Fund, as provided in R.S. 17:408.1.

(e)  Five percent of the revenues collected within the parish of Bossier to the Johnny Gray Youth Shelter.

(f)  Fifteen percent of the revenues collected within the parish of Bossier to the Bossier Parish School Board to be used solely for the use and purpose of the Bossier Education Excellence Fund, as provided in R.S. 17:408.2.

(g)  Two hundred thousand dollars shall be allocated annually for the acquisition of land, construction, maintenance, and operation of a multicultural center to be located within the city limits of Shreveport.1

(h)  Two percent of the revenues collected within the parish of Caddo to the Caddo Parish Ward II Industrial Development Corporation.

(i)  In Bossier Parish, other than Bossier City, if the local governing authority levies an additional fifty-cent admission fee as authorized by Paragraph (1) of this Subsection, the funds derived from this additional fee shall be used in their entirety for the parish road fund and shall be used to provide that Airline Drive from I-220 to the Linton Road Cutoff be made into a four-lane highway.  After this project has been completed, the funds derived from this additional fee shall be used for general use in the parish road fund.

(3)  The municipality where the boat is located shall be reimbursed the expenses of collecting the fee to be paid in proportion to the percentages received by each entity.

(4)  The admission fee which the local governing authority of the parish or municipality may levy when the riverboat is licensed to operate within the unincorporated area of Jefferson Parish on the West Bank of the Mississippi River shall be calculated by the parish council and shall be six percent of the weekly net gaming proceeds of that riverboat. The first two hundred thousand dollars of these monies shall be allocated for and distributed to the West Bank Civic and Sports Center for operations of the center. Thereafter, the proceeds from the remainder of such fees shall be allocated as follows:

(a)  Thirty-two percent to the parish governing authority of Jefferson Parish which shall be expended solely within the unincorporated areas of Jefferson Parish on the West Bank of the Mississippi River or within any incorporated area on the West Bank of the Mississippi River on any property, building, or facility owned by Jefferson Parish for the purposes of providing emergency services, drainage, or flood protection.  Of this amount, a one time expenditure not to exceed one million dollars shall be authorized to provide for construction, repairs, or rehabilitation of storm-damaged properties for the towns of Grand Isle and Lafitte.

(b)  Twenty-nine percent to the city of Gretna.

(c)  Twenty-nine percent to the city of Westwego.

(d)  Five percent to the town of Lafitte.

(e)  Five percent to the town of Grand Isle.

(5)  In St. Bernard Parish, the admission fees for passengers authorized by Paragraph (1) of this Subsection and levied by the parish shall be allocated as follows:

(a)  Fifteen percent to the parish governing authority.

(b)  Fifteen percent to the parish school board.

(c)  Fifteen percent to the parish sheriff.

(d)  The remaining fifty-five percent, on the anniversary date of the opening of the riverboat, to the parish governing authority, parish school board, or the parish sheriff, or any combination thereof, based upon a majority vote of the governing authority, school board, and sheriff, each having one vote thereon, to be used only for capital expenditures of critical need as determined by the recipient.

(6)  In Calcasieu Parish, in lieu of the admission fees authorized by the provisions of Paragraphs (1) and (10) of this Subsection, the governing authority of the location of the berthing facility may levy a fee not to exceed four and five-tenths percent of the monthly net gaming proceeds from each riverboat located within the jurisdiction of that governing authority; however, this rate may not exceed four and five-tenths percent in the aggregate in those situations in which the site of the riverboat berthing facility is located in the jurisdiction of more than one local governing authority.  The amount of the fee shall be established by contract between the governing authority and the riverboat licensee.  In setting the fee the governing authority may take into account the capital investment of the riverboat licensee in developing the berthing facility site including but not limited to hotels, convention facilities, and other recreational improvements.  In addition to the levy of the fee as provided herein, the parties may contract to establish a minimum annual fee and for the payment of additional amounts to cover infrastructure and other public services; accordingly, the establishment of a minimum fee or the payment of additional amounts shall not be considered when computing the effective rate of the levy of the fee authorized herein.  Funds derived from the assessment of the monthly net gaming proceeds shall be allocated as follows:

(a)  One sixth of the amount collected pursuant to the provisions of this Paragraph shall be distributed as follows:

(i)  Sixty percent to the Calcasieu Parish School Board.

(ii)  Thirty percent to McNeese State University.

(iii)  Ten percent to Sowela Technical Institute.

(b)  The remaining proceeds of the amount collected shall be retained by the governing authority for any expenditure authorized by law.

(c)  The governing authority is hereby expressly authorized to enter into a cooperative endeavor agreement with other political subdivisions of the state located in Calcasieu Parish to facilitate the development of a riverboat berthing location in that parish to accomplish the purposes of this Chapter.  The agreement may also provide that the parties thereto may share in the proceeds from the fee retained by the governing authority; however, the maximum rate of the fee shall not exceed four and five-tenths percent in the aggregate.

(7)  The admission fee which the governing authority of Bossier City shall levy for any riverboat located within Bossier City in Bossier Parish shall be four and five-tenths percent of the monthly net gaming proceeds from each riverboat.  The funds derived from the assessment of the monthly net gaming proceeds shall be allocated as follows:

(a)  Two and ninety-five hundredths percent of the monthly net gaming proceeds to the city of Bossier City.

(b)  Sixty-three hundredths percent of the monthly net gaming proceeds to the parish road fund for four-laning Airline Drive and after this project has been completed the funds derived from this fee shall be used for general use by the parish road fund.

(c)  Fifty-six hundredths percent of the monthly net gaming proceeds to the Bossier Educational Excellence Fund, as provided for in R.S. 17:408.2.

(d)  Twenty hundredths percent of the monthly net gaming proceeds to the Bossier Parish sheriff's office.

(e)  Four hundredths percent of the monthly net gaming proceeds  to the Johnny Gray Jones Youth Shelter.

(f)  Twelve hundredths percent of the monthly net gaming proceeds to the Greater Bossier Economic Development Foundation.

(8)  The governing authority of Jefferson Parish may use the revenue allocated by Subparagraph (4)(a) of this Subsection for the purpose of constructing, restoring, and maintaining levees in the unincorporated areas of Jefferson Parish on the West Bank of the Mississippi River.  If the parish governing authority uses those revenues for those purposes, it may contract with the governing authority of the West Jefferson Levee District for the performance of the work on the levees.

(9)  The authority granted to local governing authorities in Calcasieu Parish in Paragraph (6) of this Subsection may be assigned to a gaming district established in accordance with R.S. 33:9576.

(10)  In addition to any other authority provided in this Section, the governing authority of Calcasieu Parish may levy an additional admission fee of fifty cents for each passenger boarding or embarking upon a riverboat.  Funds derived from this additional fee shall be distributed as follows:

(a)  Sixty percent to the Calcasieu Parish School Board.

(b)  Thirty percent to McNeese State University.

(c)  Ten percent to Sowela Technical Institute.

(11)  In East Baton Rouge Parish, in lieu of the admission fee authorized by the provisions of Paragraph (1) of this Subsection, the governing authority of the location of the berthing facility may levy a fee not to exceed four and five-tenths percent of the monthly net gaming proceeds from each riverboat located within the jurisdiction of that governing authority.  The amount of the fee shall be established by contract between the governing authority and the riverboat licensee.

B.  Other than to levy the admission fee, or the assessment of the monthly net gaming proceeds by the governing authority of Bossier City in Bossier Parish, authorized by Subsection A of this Section, no local governing authority may license or regulate the operation of riverboats and the gaming operations conducted thereon.

C.(1)(a)  Upon petition of twenty-five percent of the registered voters in a municipality or parish, the local governing authority shall call an election to determine if the licensed berth of a riverboat shall be prohibited in that municipality or parish.  Any qualified elector desiring an election on this issue shall sign a petition addressed to the governing authority of the subdivision in which he resides, and in substantially the following form:

"PETITION TO ____________

The undersigned qualified electors respectfully request that you call an election to submit, in the manner provided by law, to the qualified electors of the ____________ of _____________, the following proposition:

'Shall a riverboat, upon which gaming activities are authorized, be prohibited to berth in ________.

Yes ________

No __________'"

(b)  The qualified elector shall then sign the petition in the manner provided herein:

"Signature

Address

Date signed

Signature of Witness"

(c)  If the petition consists of more than one page, it shall be bound together as one and presented to the registrar of voters within sixty days from the date of the first signature.  The registrar shall certify as to the authenticity of each signature on the petition and shall certify to the governing authority the number of valid signatures and the number of invalid signatures.  If a sufficient number of valid signatures are on the petition, the governing authority shall call the election as provided by law.

(2)  All local option elections addressing the issue of riverboat gaming shall be held not later than March 15, 1992, and the results certified to the secretary of state not later than April 1, 1992.

(3)  Should a parish reject riverboat gaming, this rejection shall not affect a licensed riverboat's right of passage on a river designated in this Chapter, from passage through that parish.

(4)  Unless otherwise prohibited as provided in this Chapter, riverboats on which gaming is conducted shall be authorized as provided in this Chapter.

Acts 1991, No. 753, §1, eff. July 18, 1991; Acts 1993, No. 405, §1; Acts 1993, No. 572, §1, eff. June 14, 1993; Acts 1994, 3rd Ex. Sess., No. 31, §1; Acts 1995, No. 195, §1, eff. July 1, 1995; Acts 1995, No. 743, §1; Acts 1995, No. 1311, §1.  Redesignated from R.S. 4:552 by Acts 1996, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 7, §3, eff. May 1, 1996; Acts 1997, No. 1086, §1; Acts 1999, No. 1386, §1; Acts 2003, No. 1222, §1; Acts 2005, No. 18, §1; Acts 2005, No. 242, §1; Acts 2007, No. 171, §1; Acts 2007, No. 185, §1, eff. June 27, 2007; Acts 2007, No. 236, §1; Acts 2009, No. 109, §1, eff. June 19, 2009; Acts 2011, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 19, §1; Acts 2012, No. 711, §1.

1In Subpara. (A)(2)(g) the allocation of two hundred thousand dollars beyond the allocated percentages in Subparas. (A)(2)(a) to (f) and (h), is as it appears in the enrolled bill.



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