Rhode Island casino measure's luck runs out as deadline passes to place it on ballot
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island: Rhode Island will now have a solidified total of four ballot measures on this year's general election ballot, as the deadline to place a casino measure on the ballot passed without any action taken on the proposal. The measure would have allowed for the operation of casino gambling in the state, most notably at the state's two slot venues, Twin River and Newport Grand.
The deadline, August 10, 2010, came after months of action surrounding the measure, as a last minute effort was seen to place the measure on the ballot on the final day of legislative session. The Rhode Island House voted 62-12 to approve the measure, where it was then sent to the Rhode Island State Senate. The chamber then voted 21-14 in favor of the measure as well, sending the proposal to the ballot in November for voters to weigh in on it. The measure was approved on June 11, 2010 at 2 a.m.
However, the measure was vetoed by Governor of Rhode Island Donald Carcieri during the week of June 23, 2010 after it was passed to the ballot by the Rhode Island General Assembly. The General Assembly had the option of reconvening to override the veto and re-send the measure to the ballot, but chose not to.
- Canadian Business, "RI House committee approves bill to let voters decide on state-operated casinos," June 10, 2010
- Providence Journal, "Casino referendum wins 2 a.m. General Assembly approval," June 11, 2010
- Providence Business News, "Carcieri vetoes Nov. casino referendum," June 23, 2010
- Providence Journal, "Deadline passes to put casino issue on ballot," August 11, 2010