Hawaii takes a look at legalizing slots

Jan 16, 2009 8:26 PM
Staff & Wire Reports | As noted earlier, Nebraska is considering a gambling measure to help meet budget deficits.

Now, the fiftieth state, Hawaii, is also considering some form of gambling to bolster its coffers.

According to the Honolulu Advertiser, State Senator Donna Mercado Kim (D) indicated that she may propose a bill that would allow slot machines at Honolulu’s resorts, which is vast.

Hawaii has no form of legalized gambling, and Senator Daniel Inouye (D) has been opposed to gambling in the past.

Governor Linda Lingle (R) has not taken a side on gambling, but noted that all options should be examined to help close the state’s budget deficit.

Currently there is no detailed gambling proposal, and Senator Kim stated that other Senate Democrats have had a lukewarm reception to the idea.

Perhaps opposed to such an idea would be the Boyd properties in downtown Las Vegas (the Fremont, Main Street Station and California hotels). Reportedly, up to a third or more of all their revenue comes from Hawaiian visitors.

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