List Of Non-Gambling States May Soon Shrink To One
Currently, there are only two states that do not have any form of legalized gambling. One of those states, Hawaii, may soon be crossed off that list with lawmakers discussing the possibility of casino expansion.
Around the US, different forms of gambling have become a popular way for lawmakers to help struggling state budgets. Many of these states have expanded their lotteries, and changed video gambling laws. The biggest movement, however, has been the addition of dozens of casinos throughout the country.
The reaction of Hawaii residents has been mixed over the idea of adding a casino. Already, Hawaii is considered to be one of the top tourist destinations in the world, and the addition of a casino could add to the lure.
On the other hand, some residents feel like gambling has never been a part of the society in Hawaii, and now is not the time for it to infiltrate the state. These two differing viewpoints are the ideas that lawmakers are weighing in making their decision.
Hundreds of thousands of Hawaiians have shown their fascination with gambling through travel. Las Vegas is the number one destination for these Hawaiian gamblers. If a casino was in Hawaii, the government could keep this gambling money within the local economy.
The usual opinions are being used when it comes to gambling expansion. Opponents claim it will bring more crime and gambling addiction, while proponents point to the millions of dollars in revenue and job creation that would come from adding a casino.
The casino issue has survived several committee votes this year, a first for the issue. With the emphasis on helping the state budget, casino gambling has more of a chance to pas this year than ever before. Lawmakers continue to throw around ideas, and hope to have a finalized bill to propose in the near future.
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