Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island lawmakers are debating a proposal to allow full-scale casino gambling in the state. The House Finance Committee on Thursday held a hearing on the bill, which seeks a constitutional amendment to permit gambling at Rhode Island's two licensed slot parlors. No vote was taken. Proponents say full-scale gambling will produce much-needed revenue for the state and allow Rhode Island to keep pace with neighboring states. The corporate owners of the Twin River slot parlor in Lincoln filed for bankruptcy protection last year.