Rhode Island casino amendment makes its way onto ballot

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June 11, 2010

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island: Voters in Rhode Island have a decision to make on a hot issue: gambling. One June 11, 2010, the Rhode Island General Assembly, in the last hours of legislative session, sent a measure to the ballot that would allow for the operation of casino gambling in the state. The measure would allow casino gambling at the state's two slot venues, Twin River and Newport Grand.[1]

Section 1 of Article 14 of the Rhode Island Constitution says that the Rhode Island General Assembly can initiate the process of amendment "by a roll call vote of a majority of the members elected to each house." The House Finance Committee voted in favor of the measure, leaving the proposal up for debate in the full chamber. The bill was approved on June 9, 2010. In a last minute effort to place the measure on the ballot on the final day of legislative session, the House voted 62-12 to approve the measure. The bill was then sent to the Rhode Island State Senate, where the chamber voted 21-14 in favor of the measure as well, sending the measure to the ballot in November for voters to weigh in on it. The measure was approved at 2 a.m.[2][3]

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