Carcieri Hesitant on Casino Bill

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island Gov. Don Carcieri says he has “major concerns” about a bill that would ask voters to approve table games at the state's two slot parlors in Lincoln and Newport.

Carcieri tells WPRO-AM that he and his staff will meet Wednesday and Thursday to go over the bill, which was approved last week by the General Assembly.

Carcieri says the bill requires the city of Newport to put the issue of whether to allow table games at Newport Grand on its ballot. He says that might pose a constitutional problem because cities have a right to control themselves.

He also wants more specifics on how much the state would get from table games. The state gets about 60 cents of every dollar lost at slots.
      
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