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Senate Passes Bill to Permit Casinos Piling
An amendment to a bill allowing casinos to build pilings to
strengthen their gambling barges during hurricanes and other tropical
storms could affect future gaming projects in Mississippi.
Before the bill was approved today, Sen. Billy Hewes III, R-Gulfport,
successfully inserted language he says will show exactly where casinos
may locate along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Hewes’ amendment calls for the Gaming Commission to publish a map
showing the waters along the Gulf Coast where legal gaming can be
"It is my belief that the language is not clear enough. There is a
definition," Hewes said. "There are examples through the courts and
Gaming Commission where people have attempted to create sites and have
sites found legal beyond that definition."
He said the bill would put into law what’s currently in practice.
House Gaming Committee Chairman Bobby Moak, D-Bogue Chitto, who listened
to the Senate debate, said he would look at the bill once it’s back in
the House, but "I don’t think that’s the way to go."
The Gaming Commission regulates the industry, which includes approval of
sites and licenses casinos to open.
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The Clarion Ledger
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