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24 hour gambling debate pushed back

17 July 2007

RHODE ISLAND -- As reported by the Providence Journal: "Don't hold your breath waiting for hearings to begin anytime soon on 24-hour gambling at the two Rhode Island slot parlors: Twin River (the former Lincoln Park) and Newport Grand.

"State Sen. Paul Moura, D-East Providence, tried to get the proverbial ball rolling.

"A field representative for the New England Laborers Health and Safety who sees 24-hour gambling as a way to raise additional state money, Moura proposed joint House-Senate Finance Committee hearings in letters late last month to legislative leaders, including House Speaker William J. Murphy.

"...But Murphy isn't biting.

"Initially unavailable for comment, Murphy issued this statement last week through his spokesman Larry Berman: 'Speaker Murphy said this is an issue that the House will consider in January..."

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