House panel tables proposal for more casinos

By Randall Chase, Associated Press 10:10am, May 15, 2013 - Updated 12:33am, May 16, 2013
A state House committee has tabled a proposal authorizing two more casinos in Delaware.

The committee tabled the bill Wednesday after one member suggested that it needs more specific language regarding requirements the new casinos would have to meet, including licensing fees and minimum capital investment.

The bill's sponsor, Democratic Rep. Dennis Williams of Wilmington, was among those voting to table the measure, but he said he's confident that he can get committee members to support it.

The bill is similar to one sponsored by Williams that died two years ago amid opposition from Delaware's three existing racetrack casinos.

Representatives of the three existing casinos that currently enjoy a state-sponsored monopoly oppose the measure, saying it will only hurt them financially.

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