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Hawaii gambling opponents weigh in

15 January 2009

WAIKIKI, Hawaii -- As reported the Honolulu Advertiser : "City officials say they oppose a state legislator's suggestion that legalized electronic gambling in Waikiki and other urban areas might help generate revenue for the state.

"On Tuesday, state Sen. Donna Mercado Kim said she may propose a bill this session to allow electronic gambling such as slot machines in resort communities to create a new revenue stream.

"Kim, chairwoman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, said the bill would likely be limited to Honolulu and to designated sites such as hotels.

"Mayor Mufi Hannemann on Tuesday said he would oppose any effort to legalize gambling in Waikiki or anywhere else on O'ahu.

"...Hawai'i and Utah are the only states without legalized gambling. Bills to legalize gambling are usually proposed at every session of the Legislature but routinely fail..."

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