Laque vetos video bingo

Says ordinance unfair

November 12, 2007 at 4:35 pm  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

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St. Charles Parish President Albert Laque who said he needed more time to review both sides of the video bingo issue surrounding the use of the electronic gaming machines carefully, signed the veto Monday morning, making the ordinance to ban video gaming null and void in St. Charles Parish pending a council vote.

“It’s the only ordinance from the meeting that I haven’t signed and I’m leaning towards vetoing it,” Laque said Friday. The council members, residents, and co-owner of the Luling Video Bingo Palace held several rounds of discussion about the ordinance removing video bingo from the parish. However, the ordinance passed with the support of the council on Nov 5.

Laque says he’s been in discussions with the parish attorney, Bobby Raymond, and director of planning and zoning, Mike Henderson, about Councilman Desmond Hilaire’s ordinance.

“I want to make sure what we’re doing is fair,” Laque said. “I’ve asked my attorney and planning and zoning director and they’ve advised me that everything the owners of the Luling Video Bingo Palace did was within the legal guidelines.”

Laque says in making decisions like this all personal feelings must come out of it and what needs to take precedence is what was done legally according to parish and state laws.

“I’m not in favor of the location and I do understand the complaints of the residents, and I know Barry (Councilman Minnich) lives in that area too so I do understand some of those concerns,” he said. “But the issue is the law. Did they (Luling Video Bingo Palace owners) follow all of the guidelines? This situation puts me in the middle of both Judge Dufrene and Mr. Landry, people I’ve known for a very long time.”

Laque said that in the three terms he’s served as parish president, he may have vetoed a few things, but he always had the backing and support of the parish council.

“If administration overrides my veto and votes against my decision,” he said. “It will be the first time in any of my three terms that my administration didn’t support me on a veto.”

Laque says historically council members trust the leadership and merit of his decisions.

“I believe that I will have their support with this decision,” he said.

The St. Charles Parish council will meet Dec. 3, at 6:00 p.m. on the second floor of the courthouse in Hahnville.

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