Louisiana: Regulator who ushered in gambling expansion resigns

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Louisiana: Regulator who ushered in gambling expansion resigns

Article brief provided by Shreveport Times
  • Greg Hilburn , Shreveport Times
May 14, 2024 3:16 PM
  • Greg Hilburn , Shreveport Times

Louisiana’s top gambling regulator Ronnie Johns, who ushered in the state’s largest gaming expansion in three decades, is resigning next month to spend more time with his family.

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Johns, a Republican who oversaw the addition of sports wagering to the Louisiana gambling scene, said new GOP Gov. Jeff Landry didn’t ask him to step down.

Landry is expect to appoint a new chair of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board soon.

“I’m about to be 75 years old, and Michelle and I have things we want to do, and this is a full-time job,” Johns said in an interview with USA Today Network. “It’s time.”