Wed August 11, 2010
RI lawmakers will not reconvene on casino issue
By Ian Donnis
Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island lawmakers say they will not come back to the State House to override Governor Carcieri's veto of a ballot question asking voters to authorize full scale casino gambling at Twin River and Newport Grand. The deadline for submitting statewide ballot questions came and went yesterday.
The deadline for ballot questions is due to the amount of time needed to print more than 500 versions of the ballot for the November election. The General Assembly has the ability to override that deadline. But House Speaker Gordon Fox says progress toward casinos in Massachusetts is the only thing that would cause the General Assembly to take up the issue this year.
"I think that would be one of those change of circumstances that we'd have to really reassess where we're going and take a look at what we do to maintain our market share," Fox says.
Plans for three casinos in Massachusetts appear to have fallen apart. So Rhode Island's casino debate won't likely start again until next year.