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Rhode Island gambling question sent to ballot as part of state budget

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July 1, 2011

Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island: After trying to get a gambling measure placed on the 2010 ballot, lawmakers succeeded this time around for 2012.

The measure will ask voters during the November 6, 2012 general election if they want state-operated casino gambling at the Twin River venue. The proposal is a part of the $7.7 billion budget signed into law on June 30. The ballot measure is part of Article 25 of the budget known as H 5894.[1][2][3]

Before that, on June 25, 2011, the Rhode Island House of Representatives voted in favor of the budget that included the proposed gambling measure, approving it with a final tally of 62 to 9. The budget then was sent to the Rhode Island State Senate for consideration. The Senate was expected to vote on June 29, 2011. The measure was approved by the Senate that day, where the Governor signed the budget into effect, therefore allowing voters to decide the gambling measure.[4][3]

Originally, the 2010 measure, which two variations had appeared in both the House and Rhode Island State Senate, would have allowed for the operation of casino gambling in the state, much like the 2012 counterpart. The House version of the measure would have allowed casino gambling at both of the state's two slot venues, Twin River and Newport Grand.[5][6]

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