Lawmakers in Rhode Island are certainly taking their time in deciding what to do with a bill about expanding the gambling offerings in two slot parlors. The two slot parlors are the Newport Grand and the Twin River in Lincoln.
The bill would allow for gambling expansion, which includes adding blackjack tables. But it seems that either lawmakers are a bit intimidated by blackjack, or there simply are not a lot of blackjack players in Rhode Island.
The bill would allow the state to determine how many blackjack tables there would be, their placement, their rules and odds, and to collect receipts from blackjack.
In 2006 citizens were allowed to vote on an amendment that would allow the Narragansett Indian Tribe to become partners with Harrah, and open a casino in West Warwick. The citizens voted no.
So lawmakers are aware that Rhode Island citizens are not crazy about the idea of having full casinos within their state. However, the state is hurting for money like a good number of states. And like those states, the lawmakers are eyeing revenue from legalized gambling to fill in some of the holes in the budget.
But lawmakers are not being too nasty about this and trying to force this through. There have been several revisions of the bill since it was first voted on. And for once the lawmakers are being considerate. They are going to have another review before voting.
But some citizens are not happy even with the lawmakers taking time to review the bill again. Barry Flynn, a resident of Newport, referred to the lawmakers as “petulant children.” All because the state is looking for ways to try to fill in the budget holes so that the state does not have to fire state employees and cut programs.
Seems to me that the citizens should calm down and wait to see what the lawmakers say after reviewing the bill again. They may find issue with it themselves this time. It seems to me that some of these citizens are behaving like petulant children, judging before actually seeing what Rhode Island lawmakers are thinking of doing.
Hopefully an agreement can be reached and blackjack can be brought to Rhode Island. After all, the state needs money, and blackjack in acasino would be a fun way for the state to pull some in.