Rhode Island Casino Amendment Pushed - Friday 20th of January 2006

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island – As reported by the Providence Journal: "Amid promises of 'property tax relief,' the Harrah's-Narragansett Indian casino backers are seeking to rewrite the state Constitution to allow a 'privately operated casino' and give it a locked-in tax rate, well below that paid by Rhode Island's other big gambling establishments.

"But critics were quick to pounce as Williamson began circulating a draft of the joint resolution to put his multilayered proposal on the November ballot.

"Joseph Larisa, the lawyer who successfully challenged earlier versions of the casino proposal in court, had this response: 'Constitutional catastrophe.'

"…And he was not alone. House Majority Leader Gordon D. Fox said he also has reservations…"

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