Rhode Island casino gambling legislation returns with possible route to the ballot

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June 14, 2011

Rhode Island

By Bailey Ludlam

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island: Proposed in 2010, a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment resurfaces for a possible vote as soon as 2011. The measure would ask voters if they want state-operated casino gambling at the Twin River slot venue.[1]

According to reports, Rhode Island officials are expected to hear legislation on June 15, 2011. Two separate bills will be heard on the issue. Both would allow full casino gambling at Twin River in Lincoln. However, one bill would establish a gaming commission that would issue a casino license to the highest qualified bidder.[2]

The issue of gambling has had a weak history in the state of Rhode Island. In 1994, voters rejected a casino measure, and again in 2006, when voters defeated a measure for the proposed construction of Narragansett Indian casino in West Warwick.

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