Friday, May 14, 2010

Rhode Island Lawmakers To Consider Casino Referendum Bill Next Week

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The Indian casinos in Connecticut just may be competing for customers with casinos in Rhode Island before the likely casinos spring up in Massachusetts.

Rhode Island lawmakers will hold a hearing next Thursday on whether to hold a referendum that would allow table games at the state's two VLT slot parlors.

The House Finance Committee hearing will focus on a proposed constitutional amendment that would turn the two licensed slot parlors, Twin River and Newport Grand, into full-fledged casinos.

In 2006, residents rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would have allowed the Narragansett Indians to build a casino in West Warwick. The bill to be considered at next week's hearing does not include the Narragansett Tribe.