RI House Holds Off on Casino Vote

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island lawmakers have put off a vote on a bill that would let voters decide whether to approve expanded gambling in state.

The House Finance Committee debated but did not vote Tuesday on a bill seeking a voter referendum on converting Twin River in Lincoln and Newport Grand into full-scale casinos. The committee could vote as soon as Wednesday on whether to send the bill to the entire floor.

The original version of the bill sought a constitutional amendment to permit a privately operated casino in the state. A new version of the bill Tuesday would avoid the need for a constitutional amendment by having the state operate the casino.

Rep. Steven Costantino, chairman of the House panel, said the committee needed more time to study the bill since it had changed.
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