Martiny: Henry hiding to block sports gambling vote

The bill to let the public vote on whether to legalize sports betting in Louisiana isn't dead yet, as backers have been trying to get a vote on the house floor. But there's a hang up that Senator Danny Martiny (R-Kenner) says is being caused by one reluctant lawmaker.

Although the bill failed to pass in the House Appropriations Committee, Martiny, the bill's author, says the House could call for a floor vote, as long as that committee's chairman, Rep. Cameron Henry (R-Metairie), is present

"He has conveniently absented himself from the chamber the last couple of days," Martiny told WWL's Newell Normand, "and has indicated that he does not intend to be in the chamber again until some time Monday, which would put the bill in jeopardy, even if we were to get it out."

Martiny says the bill has broad support and it is unfair to the voters for one legislator to cause a hang up.

WWL First News has left a voicemail with Rep. Henry asking for a response to Sen. Martiny's claims. We are awaiting his reply.