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Lawmakers consider creating a gambling commission

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 07:40 a.m. HST, Feb 29, 2012

It’s unlikely that gambling will be legalized this year.

However, a bill moving through the Senate would create a gambling commission to advise the Legislature on legalized gambling proposals in future sessions.

Hawaii is one of two states that doesn’t permit any form of gambling. 

Since January, state lawmakers have dismissed proposals that would pave the way for legalized gambling. One would have given the Hawaiian Homes Commission the authority to allow gambling on Hawaiian Home Lands. Another would have permitted a standalone casino in Waikiki.

A gambling commission would analyze the financial and social impacts of legalized gambling. It would also assess the viability of different forms of gambling and determine what percentage of each dollar put into a gambling system would go to the state and other stakeholders.

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false wrote:
I hope this a no pay commission.
on February 29,2012 | 06:07AM
all_fed_up wrote:
Fat chance. They'll get their pockets lined from some special interests.
on February 29,2012 | 08:12AM
1local wrote:
The decision is whether to collect taxes on existing gambling that exists in Hawaii already or allow it to continue to be tax free. Whether lawmakers legalize gambling or not - gambling will occur in Hawaii...
on February 29,2012 | 06:14AM
islandsun wrote:
Gambling will be a reality with rail!
on February 29,2012 | 07:05AM
postmanx wrote:
How about the gambling revenue being used to pay for rail? A sin tax to pay for more sins.
on February 29,2012 | 07:48AM
olos73 wrote:
Just do it already. Every session they talk about legalizing gambling cuz we need money. TALK not going bring money!
on February 29,2012 | 07:38AM
Oahuan wrote:
Ho Geez, what now, another paid commission? Way to spend our money Senators!!!!
on February 29,2012 | 07:44AM
keawe wrote:
Lawmakers should be thinking about Hawaii's illegal immigration problem. The amount of illegals in Hawaii is a huge contributor to the Homeless problem and Welfare concerns. They should figure out a way on how to keep the deadbeats out of Hawaii that become the Homeless and then take advantage of the people of Hawaii. We are not a Welfare State! Please imagine if we allow any form of gambling in the State of Hawaii what kind of individuals would be attracted in coming to Hawaii to prey on the naive. Why are lawmakers not concerned with the way our society is heading instead of trying to create a problem for those that are now barely making ends meet. AUWE! Stop wasting time and money on Gambling and work for the People.
on February 29,2012 | 08:12AM
4sanitysake wrote:
So the ineffective, all talk and no walk career Legislators who don't want to be the politically incorrect individual that secretly wants to legalize gambling in HI, but doesn't want it to appear that way to their constituency, is going to create a commission and hide behind the recommendations of the commission to promote some form of gambling. Even if the individuals on the commission won't be "compensated" it will still cost us a lot of taxpayer money to fund their administrative costs and trips to the mainland and abroad to "study" the gaming industry and compile a report to the Legislature...oh wait...isn't this how we got the C&C rail project? Approve offshore ship board gambling with 2 mile restrictions in Hawaii waters on established cruise lines and create a commission using a small percentage of the tax revenue from that gambling to study the social and economic effects on Hawaii. Can we move on to more important issues facing Hawaii now? Minimizing utility costs, capping taxes on gas, educational reform, having the visitor industry fund their own marketing, etc.
on February 29,2012 | 08:15AM
kainalu wrote:
Gambling simply equals another tax on the community and visitors - period - end of story. Who in the heck do you think is going to flock to these casinos and throw their money away? Sure, there's illegal activity going on now, which will only increase exponentially once casinos are legit. What is undeniable, are the real numbers with gambling and a player's chances of winning. Just about zero chances of winning. A player may walk out of a visit from a casino with more money than he walked in with. If he's a multiple visitor, all those other times he left with only his shirt.
on February 29,2012 | 08:25AM
akuman808 wrote:
A State Lottery is the way to go. It's worked in many states with no reported detriment to the people in that state. We all like to gamble in one form or another so to legalize a state lottery doesn't take a commission, just good old common sense and the political will (balls) to do it.
on February 29,2012 | 08:27AM
entrkn wrote:
This would make it easy to spot the crooked politicians on the take...
on February 29,2012 | 09:42AM
BillAdama wrote:
Bad, bad idea. It will just cost taxpayer money and give the gambling industry a place to start exerting influence, ie pouring in money!
on February 29,2012 | 02:00PM
poidragon wrote:
The state legislature continues to be a lame duck legislature, as it continues to dicker and bicker about whether or not to legalize gambling in the state of Hawaii; they don't want to be the ones held accountable for anything that happens. Now they get the idea to create a gambling commission to look at, evaluate and report back to the legislature; which is just more buck passing going on....there are always going to be special interest groups shelling out freebies, comps and other goodies to pedal their influence when looking at such an important step in Hawaii's history. Mean while, illegal gambling continues to flourish in the heart of Honolulu, right under the nose of the police department, with nothing much getting done in the end. If the legislature were actually serious about fixing the financial problems of the state, it would be working on streamlining the government and it's departments and look for cost cutting and efficiency to fix the financial drain, but instead continue to do the 'same old, same old' putting off decisions for another day.............................
on February 29,2012 | 02:16PM
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