RIPR News
4:49 am
Thu June 17, 2010

RI governor concerned about casino bill

Providence, R.I. – Governor Carcieri has some concerns about the casino legislation passed last week by the General Assembly.

Carcieri spokeswoman Amy Kempe says a review of the legislation by the governor and his staff will continue today.

"The governor does have some concerns," Kempe says. Most notably that the legislation mandates the city of Newport to put the question on the ballot in November despite the opposition of the city council."

Kempe says Carcieri is also concerned about a lack of specificity in the casino legislation.

As it stands, the casino legislation will let voters decide this November whether to turn Twin River and Newport Grand into full-fledged casinos.

Among the questions left unanswered by the legislation is who would operate casinos if voters approve them.