January 10, 2008
PROVIDENCE – State Representative William San Bento plans to file a legislative bill to legalize two resort casinos in Rhode Island. He will propose expanding the Twin River and Newport Grand slot parlors with table games, restaurants, and hotels.
"It'll put us a step ahead of what may happen in Massachusetts," San Bento said.
The measure requires a constitutional amendment, so if it is passed by the General Assembly in this legislative session and signed by the governor, it could appear on voter ballots this coming November.
San Bento filed another bill last week to allow the two slot parlors to stay open 24 hours everyday. That proposal is on the fast track and could be voted on within the next few weeks.
In the November 2007 election, the residents of Lincoln, RI voted 65% against 24-hour gambling at Twin River in a non-binding measure. Sixty percent opposed the expansion of casino gambling at Twin River.
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