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The state of Massachusetts is nearing the point where full casino gambling could be coming. That is making Rhode Island panic, and quickly change their stance on the issue.
State Senator John J. Tassoni Jr. wants to amend the state constitution in Rhode Island to allow full casino gambling at Newport Grand and Twin River. The additions would include blackjack, roulette, and craps.
“I think it is time. We don’t have enough revenue for the budget…..Status quo can no longer be accepted. We need to make sure we are on the head of the train, not the caboose,” said Tassoni.
There apparently is two states that want to be at the head of that train. Massachusetts has had many conversations about full casino gambling. Whichever of the two states changes their laws first will have a big advantage over the other in terms of winning over customers.
Twin River could certainly use the increased revenue. They are flirting with bankruptcy at the present time. They have not requested that the state change their gambling laws, but Senator Tassoni has taken it upon himself to make the proposal.
Casino expansion is nothing new around the country. Many states in the past couple of years have relaxed their gambling laws and are using casino expansion as a tool to fight the recession.
Nebraska Lawmaker Looks To Technicality To Stop Gambling Bill
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A Nebraska politician has found an interesting way to show he is an opponent of expanded casino gambling in his state. He is citing a technicality in the state constitution that keeps proposed Bills from having more than one subject.
It is the contention of Senator Tony Fulton of Lincoln that the gambling Bill that would bring slot machines to racetracks in Nebraska is unconstitutional because of its multiple subjects. He details his concerns in a legal challenge of the proposed Bill.
According to Fulton, the Bill deals with giving authority to a commission to regulate the machines, placement of the machines, and creating a system to distribute revenue from the machines. While most would consider that one subject with several different areas, Fulton sees it differently.
In this years legislative session, lawmakers will try to decide whether or not the voters of Nebraska should have a say in the issue. If the answer is yes, it will be on the ballot in 2010.
The Bill’s intention is to help state racetracks that have been struggling the past few years. Members within the racing community have voiced their concerns, and Senator Russ Karpisek has responded.
Karpisek, of Wilber, sponsored the Bill and he believes there is nothing unconstitutional about it. He feels in the end that the challenge will be lost and lawmakers will proceed with putting the issue on the 2010 ballot.