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Hawaiian Casino Gets Approval

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The plans to build a casino in Hawaii have crossed its first hurdle with the 5-4 votes by the Hawaiian Homes Commission in the favor of planning the building of a resort casino in a city on Oahu island to the west of Honolulu, Kapolei.
After the casino is constructed, the tax revenue generated by it could be used for funding the programs of native Hawaiians.
Tyler Lokepa Gomes, the Deputy Department of Hawaiian Homelands Chair estimated that in annual tax revenue the casino property could generate about $30 million. This money could help in building the homes for approximately 29,000 natives of Hawaii, said a Hawaii News Now report.
Gomes told the newspaper while talking to a reporter that this bill is one of the greatest opportunities that they have received for putting them in the important dominion of exercising financial independence.
After the approval from the Commission, this bill is sent to the Legislature. The bill will only move forward if it is approved by both – Governor David Ige and the State Attorney’s General Office. If the bill isn’t approved by both of these authorities, it will require legislative sponsors for moving forward.
Despite having received a majority by the Democrats in the state legislature, the only two states in the United States that don’t offer any type of legalized gambling are the conservative Utah and Hawaii. These states don’t even have a state lottery system.
The state legislature will have to change the current laws of the state if they need to break ground on the Hawaiian casino. These changed laws must permit gambling.
The only thing that would motivate the change in those laws is the casino bill. But, the history of the state with gambling makes it difficult for the bill to be passed. As the meeting was ongoing in which the commission passed the bill, a small protest was organized outside the casino building where about a dozen people were opposing the move.

 

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