Politics
1:39 pm
Thu June 10, 2010

Lawmakers consider voter referendum on gambling

Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island lawmakers are expecting to take up a measure to let voters decide on expanded gambling.

The House Finance Committee on Wednesday night endorsed a voter referendum on converting the state's two slot parlors into full-blown casinos.

Newport Grand in Newport and Twin River in Lincoln offer video lottery terminals but not the table games found at traditional casinos.

The bill would let voters approve or reject creating two state-operated casinos at the facilities. The measure has yet to be approved by the either the Senate or the full House of Representatives.

The debate has taken on more urgency now that Massachusetts lawmakers are seriously weighing casinos in their state.