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State House Hearing on Table Games for Newport Grand Wednesday

The hearing is before the Senate Committee on Special Legislation and Veterans' Affairs in Room 310.

Legislation to put a question before Newport voters this fall whether to allow table games at Newport Grand will be heard before a Senate committee at the Rhode Island State House on Wednesday.

The bill, sponsored by Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed (D-Dist. 13, Newport, Jamestown) is a joint resolution to put the question before voters in November.

The bill would pave the way for a sale of Newport Grand to a team of investors led by former Providence Mayor Joseph Paolino, who want to turn the bland structure into a first-class casino destination.

There will be no deal without table games, Paolino has said.

The hearing is before the Senate Committee on Special Legislation and Veterans' Affairs in Room 310. The hearing will be held when the committee meets at around 5 p.m.

A companion bill, 2014-H 8265, has been submitted by Rep. Marvin L. Abney (D-Dist. 73, Newport, Middletown) in the House.

The City Council voted 4-3 to ask the General Assembly to put the measure on the ballot after a long meeting last week during which both sides of the issue — for and against table games — pleaded their cases.
 
Jeff Thompson June 02, 2014 at 04:27 PM
The election isn't for 5 more months. The opponents had plenty of time to state their case to the city council, and now have 5 months to plead their case to the voters before November. Plenty of time for them to drub up more lies to try and keep it from getting through.
Sheila June 02, 2014 at 05:56 PM
That's right. There is plenty of time for the anti-casino people to come up with more reasons to not have something we already have. And lets not forget about the loan sharks and prostitutes being aplenty when gambling comes to Newport even though it's already here. Anyone see a lady of the evening lately on Admiral Kalbfus??? Let's not freak out people.
K-Stick June 03, 2014 at 10:29 AM
My only concern is that when the legislature realizes this will create jobs, they'll vote it down. I mean, c'mon, they have standards to keep: our unemployment rate isn't going to stay the highest in the country if they go supporting efforts to create jobs... PS: Ever notice how the only time a plan like the "North End Business district" is ever mentioned is when somebody is trying to propose an alternative to something they don't like?
George Costanza June 03, 2014 at 11:39 PM
When the GA realizes they will be creating jobs by passing this..... they will make Paolino agree to hire their friends and family members once the measure is passed. We'll see how many of the old Newport Grand employees still have jobs, and how many Patriarcas, Lombardos and DeGrassos replace them.
A.N. June 04, 2014 at 02:45 AM
I know George, it's gonna be great, right? And real classy too, just like Monte Carlo. Vinny Paz will be the greeter, Buddy Cianci and Judge Caprio will be regulars. Jimmy Burchfield will present his world class boxing matches featuring the best in Providence boxing. Not for nothin, but how about a pit boss position for Gordon Fox? Why not? Alex and Ani will open a boutique in the casino called "Pinky Rings Only". And the best part is that it will be open 24/7/365! This going to be so good for Newport! I can't wait!!!!

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