RI lawmakers approve casino bill

Providence, R.I. – The Rhode Island House of Representatives has approved a bill to let voters decide on expanded gambling in the state.

The bill authorizes a voter referendum on converting the state's two slot parlors, Newport Grand and Twin River, into full-scale casinos with table games.

The bill would let voters approve or reject creating two state-operated casinos at the facilities.

Supporters say gambling is a key revenue source that needs to be protected, especially as lawmakers in neighboring Massachusetts continue to weigh casinos in the Bay State.

According to The Providence Journal, Senate lawmakers approved the bill despite objections from Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed.