Bill To Attract SEC Baseball Tournament Headed To Governor

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.

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         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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