Lawmakers Advance Plan For Riverboat Casino On Lake Pontchartrain

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A state legislative committee is advancing a measure to allow voters to decide on a riverboat casino project on Lake Pontchartrain near Slidell.

Committee members approved a parish-wide referendum on the plan yesterday, which endorses a bill that overturns a 1996 law banning casino gambling in St. Tammany Parish.

Peninsula Pacific Entertainment has offered to build a 250-room hotel and casino east of I-10 near the Oak Harbor subdivision.

The Slidell City Council is against the casino, while the St. Tammany Parish Council has offered their support.

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