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Alaska House Passes Gambling Proposal

4 May 2004

ALASKA – As reported by the Juneau Empire: "A new proposal passed by the state House of Representatives Monday would allow cities of 150,000 or more to establish legalized casino gambling.

"With no Alaska city outside Anchorage approaching that size, Southeast would not likely deal with the issue soon. But some say a legal challenge could undermine the largest city's exclusive right, and lawmakers could change the size requirement later.

"That would be a problem for Juneau and Southeast, said Beth Kerttula, a Juneau Democrat who voted against the measure.

"…Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch, a Juneau Republican who voted in favor of the measure, said he would 'probably not' vote for opening a casino in Juneau. Weyhrauch this weekend voted against the casino proposal but changed his vote on Monday when the bill came up for a second vote.

"…Rep. Albert Kookesh, D-Angoon, who also changed his vote on the bill, said he doesn't support the casino but that the people of Anchorage should get a chance to vote on the proposal…"

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