RIPR News
5:49 am
Thu June 24, 2010

RI governor vetoes casino bill

Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island Governor Don Carcieri has vetoed legislation that would ask voters whether the state's two slot parlors can expand into casinos.

In a veto message dated Tuesday, the governor says critical financial information is unknown because the legislation does not specify how much of a split from revenues will go to the state. Under the current law, 61 percent of revenues go to the state.

He also says it takes too much power away from the local community. The legislation passed the House with a veto-proof majority of 62-12, but it was closer in the Senate, passing 21-14.

Senate President Teresa Paiva-Weed opposes expanded gambling. Patti Doyle, a spokeswoman for Twin River in Lincoln, says they hope lawmakers will re-examine the issue.