Bill To Attract SEC Baseball Tournament Headed To Governor

Sen. Danny Martiny

BATON ROUGE (AP) — An effort to lure the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament to New Orleans and away from Alabama is headed to Gov. John Bel Edwards.

         The House gave final passage to the Senate-backed measure with a 96-0 vote Wednesday, making it the first bill from the special legislative session to head to the governor's desk.

         The bill by Sen. Danny Martiny, a Kenner Republican, expands what events qualify for money from Louisiana's Major Events Incentive Program. The change allows all college tournaments or championships to be eligible.

         The incentive program, aimed at recruiting big-ticket events to Louisiana, allows the state to carve a slice of sales and excise taxes generated by qualifying events and pay it to them as an incentive.

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