RI lawmakers want to study impact of Mass. casinos

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Posted: Mar 08, 2012 11:28 AM
RI lawmakers want to study impact of Mass. casinos

Two Rhode Island state lawmakers say the state needs more information about the economic impact of casinos now authorized in neighboring Massachusetts.

Rep. Joseph Trillo and Rep. John Carnevale have called for the creation of a House commission to study how much state revenue Rhode Island can expect to lose if gamblers at the state's two slot parlors head north to casinos in Massachusetts.

Lawmakers have already scheduled a fall referendum that will ask voters to authorize a casino at the Twin River slot parlor in Lincoln. The Newport Grand slot parlor wants voters to authorize table games at its facility too.

The commission, if approved by lawmakers, would report its findings back to the House this spring.