USA Gambling Laws in Four States Subject to November 8 Referendums

Published October 12, 2016 by Ivan P

USA Gambling Laws in Four States Subject to November 8 Referendums

Residents of four US states, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Arkansas, will help shape gambling industry in their states at the November 8 referendums.

The November 8 will be a big day in the United States. While presidential elections are what everybody is talking about, four individual US states will also hold referendums on this day, asking the people to help define the future of gambling in Rhode Island, New Jersey, Arkansas, and Massachusetts.

New Jersey to Vote on Casinos Outside AC

Back in 1976, the people of New Jersey voted "yes" on a referendum to allow casinos in Atlantic City. Recently, however, the casinos there have been struggling and four of twelve casinos in operation have shut down their business during the past two years.

At the November 8 referendum, voters will be deciding on whether to allow two new casinos in the state, outside of Atlantic City. If the referendum approves this decision, Atlantic City casinos will have the right of first bid for these new properties, with the stipulation they would have to open two new properties worth at least $1 billion each.

Arkansas to Add Three New Casinos

The people of Arkansas will have to answer a question about establishing up to three new casinos in the state. Potential locations for these new businesses are Washington County, Boone County, and Miller County.

Those in favor of new casinos in the state have delivered more than enough signatures to include the question on the November 8 ballot, but the opposition claimed there were certain irregularities in the process of collecting these, so now it is up to the Supreme Court to decide whether the referendum will take place or not.

Massachusetts to Add Another Slots Parlor

Current Massachusetts laws allow for three casinos and one slot parlor in the state. The November 8 referendum will ask the voters one simple question: if they are in favor of adding another slots parlor.

If people vote "yes," the new parlor will be built in Revere.

Rhode Island Voters to Approve a Casino in Tiverton

The residents of Rhode Island will be asked if they agree with establishing a new casino in the city of Tiverton. The question is being asked because the Newport Grand Casino is looking to move their operation out of Newport.

The decision has been made by the casino management after the local community in Newport decided not to allow introduction of table games in the Newport Grand Casino.

See also

UK Referendum Has Operators, iGaming World on Edge

UNLV to Offer Master in Gambling Law and Regulation

Portuguese Gambling Laws To Be Reviewed

Hong Kong Toughens Stand on Gambling

Czech Republic Kicking Off 2017 with New Set of Gambling Laws


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