Panel calls for delay on casino votes until study is done

Panel calls for delay on casino votes until study is done


WALMART. (TOM) OUR COVERAGE CONTINUES TONIGHT OVER A PROPOSAL TO BRING CASINOS TO THE COMMONWEALTH. TODAY—A LEADER IN THE STATE SENATE AGREED WITH THE GOVERNOR—SIGNALING HE WANTS TO STUDY THE ISSUE BEFORE MOVING FORWARD. (ANITA) WE’VE BEEN TELLING YOU ABOUT PROPOSED GAMING FACILITIES FOR THE NORFOLK AND PORTSMOUTH WATERFRONTS. 10 ON YOUR SIDES BRETT HALL HAS NEW REACTION TONIGHT. (BRETT) THERE HAS CERTAINLY BEEN A LOT OF EXCITEMENT GENERATED BY ALL OF THIS—SO FAR—THOSE PUSHING FOR THIS CURRENTLY BANNED INDUSTRY ARE STAYING POSITIVE. SINCE THE DAY THE PROPOSALS WERE ANNOUNCED. MAYOR JOHN ROWE, PORTSMOUTH “THIS IS REALLY EXCITING.” ELECTED LEADERS IN HAMPTON ROADS HAVE TOUTED THE BENEFITS OF ALLOWING CASINO GAMING. STATE SENATOR LOUISE LUCAS, (D) PORTSMOUTH “THIS IS OUR SURVIVAL, WE NEED TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THIS LEGISLATION. CAUSE WE ARE LOOSING POPULATION WE’RE LOOSING BUSINESESS.” AND TECHNICALLY A BILL DID MOVE FORWARD OUT OF A STATE SENATE COMMITTEE TODAY. PORTSMOUTH MAYOR JOHN ROWE “SO ITS NOT DEAD, IT JUST PROTRACTS THE PROCESS” BUT FROM RICHMOND—PORTSMOU TH MAYOR JOHN ROWE SAYS HE IS DISAPPOINTED—AS THE MOVE LIKELY KILLS ANY CHANCE OF HAVING A FINAL DECISION MADE THIS YEAR. MAYOR JOHN ROWE, PORSTMOUTH “DISAPOINTED WOULD BE A GOOD WORD THAT WE CAN’T MOVE FORWARD WITH THE REFERENDUM.” RATHER—STATE SENATE MAJORITY LEADER TOMMY NORMENT—ALONG WITH THE GOVERNOR—WANT A STUDY TO HEAR ABOUT ALL THE IMPACTS OF CASINOS—BOTH POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE—BEFORE THEY DEBATE ANY FURTHER. STATE SENATOR TOMMY NORMENT, (R) JAMES CITY COUNTY “THIS IS ONE OF THOSE SUBJECTS ANDY THAT LEGISLATORS ARE GOING TO HAVE TO BE EDUCATED ON.” UNDER THE BILL BEFORE THE SENATE—THE STUDY WOULD BE RETURNED BY THIS TIME NEXT YEAR—WITH VOTERS POSSIBLY DECIDING AT THE BALLOT BOX BY SUMMER 20-20. HOWEVER THAT ONLY APPLIES TO COMMERCIAL CASINOS MAYOR KENNY ALEXANDER, NORFOLK “THE PAMUNKEY’S COULD VERY WELL BUILD A CASINO, ONCE THEY PUT THE APPLICATION BEFORE THE SECRETARY OF INTERIOR.” ALL ALONG NORFOLK’S PROPOSAL HAS INVOLVED THE PAMUNKEY INDIAN TRIBE OPERATING A RESORT AND CASINO UNDER FEDERAL LAW. THE STATE ONLY HAS INPUT ON CERTAIN TYPES OF GAMING. HOWEVER—THE APPROVAL PROCESS TO BUILD AN INDIAN CASINO CAN TAKE YEARS—AND A SPOKESPERSON FOR THE TRIBE CONFIRMS TODAY—THEY HAVE YET TO START. (BRETT) NOW THERE ARE STILL BILLS IN THE HOUSE THAT CALL FOR THE REFERENDUM VOTE THIS YEAR. BUT UNLESS THE SENATE—AND THE GOVERNOR CHANGE THEIR STANCE—THEY HAVE VERY LITTLE CHANCE OF MOVING GOVERNOR CHANGE THEIR STANCE—THEY HAVE VERY

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *