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$400,000 Hawai'i Gambling Study Proposed

15 February 2002

HAWAI'I – As reported by the Honolulu Advertiser: "Two state Senate committees yesterday approved a bill that would authorize a $400,000 study on the economic and social effects of gambling.

"Some said such a study would put an end to conflicting claims about the impact of gambling, a controversial issue that has haunted the Legislature for years. Under Senate Bill 2922, the state auditor would hire an independent public policy research organization to conduct an objective study on the impact of gambling.

"…Legislation to legalize gambling appears dead in the Legislature this year. A House committee voted down bills authorizing casino gambling in certain locations, and Senate leaders say they don't plan on hearing any gambling bills.

"Most of the public testimony submitted to the committees yesterday supported the study — so long as it is done by independent researchers with no ties to politics, the gambling industry or gambling opponents. Most who testified also oppose legalizing gambling; gambling lobbyists did not testify…"

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