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SD Voters Could Decide Adding Games In Casinos

January 29, 2014, 11:07 AM

SD Voters Could Decide Adding Games In Casinos
PIERRE, SD -

A South Dakota House committee has approved a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow Deadwood casinos to add some games.

The State Affairs Committee voted 10-1 for a measure that would put the proposal to a statewide vote on the November ballot.

Deadwood casinos now offer slot machines, poker and blackjack. If the Legislature decides to put the proposal on the ballot, voters would decide whether to let the casinos offer roulette, keno and craps.

Supporters say the added games are needed so Deadwood and tribal casinos can compete with casinos in other states. They say craps and roulette also attract a younger crowd than the current games.

The bill's only opponent, Dale Bartscher of Family Heritage Alliance, argues that gambling should not be expanded in South Dakota.

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