House considers gaming on Hawaiian Home Lands

HONOLULU (AP) - The first legalized gambling bill to have a hearing this legislative session has run into an obstacle.

The House Hawaiian Affairs Committee on Wednesday deferred a bill that would give the Hawaiian Homes Commission the authority to determine whether gaming operations should be allowed on home lands not designated for housing.

The issue has come up before, along with several other legalized gambling proposals currently before the Legislature.

This particular measure would let the commission decide whether to permit gaming operations, which could include bingo, lotteries, casino games and other forms of gambling.

Most testimony in support of the measure favored letting beneficiaries determine what happens on home lands, without dismissing opponents' concerns about social issues related to gambling.

Hawaii and Utah are the only states with no legalized gambling.

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