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The full House of Representatives voted in favor of putting the Tiverton Casino proposal on the November ballot in Rhode Island.
The initiative was also approved in Senate committee Wednesday. That companion bill is expected to go before the full Senate Thursday.
The House Finance Committee takes up legislation to put a Tiverton Casino proposal on the November ballot. The owners of Twin River in Lincoln hope to build an 85,000 square foot casino, complete with slot machines and table games, like poker and blackjack.
In order for the casino to move forward, it initiative must be approved by both voters in Tiverton and statewide.
Tiverton town councilman Brett Pelletier has been outspoken against the proposal, and said he thinks the casino won’t be the economic boon that’s promised.
"It sort of shuffles money around, often taking it from people who can least afford to lose it, and I think that’s a lousy way to raise revenue."
The legislation guarantees $3 million a year in revenues for the town of Tiverton. Twin River Management spokesperson Patti Doyle said, added taxes and fees will provide an additional $1-million to the town annually.
If approved, the full-scale casino would replace Newport Grand, which operates only video slots. Newport voters shot down a proposal to bring table games to the facility in 2014.