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Hawaii senators try to define gambling

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 02:03 a.m. HST, Apr 03, 2013

Hawaii lawmakers are debating amending the state’s anti-gambling law to clarify that it’s illegal to sell goods or services that entitle people to play gambling machines.

The Senate judiciary committee met Tuesday to debate the bill and plans to vote Wednesday.  

The committee is considering revising the bill to exempt bona fide business game promotions.

The Hawaii Bankers Association supports the exemption, saying it’s common for banks to hold promotional contests.

But organizations such as the Hawaii Coalition Against Legalized Gambling oppose the exemption.

The group represents dozens of organizations including the Honolulu Police Department and several faith-based groups.

The coalition says the proposed exemption would exclude sweepstakes machines that are the subject of an ongoing lawsuit.

Hawaii is the only state besides Utah that bans all forms of gambling.

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hilo69papa wrote:
Give the people a break. Lot of this stuff is for entertainment and utilized for fundraising.
on April 2,2013 | 03:33PM
Mythman wrote:
True that - Las Vegas Nites fund raisers.
on March 21,2014 | 01:55PM
false wrote:
Did we notice that statistics indicate, along with Utah, that we both incur high rates of drunk driving? Not allowing gambling leads to attempts to satisfy vice other ways.
on April 2,2013 | 03:39PM
AmbienDaze wrote:
so if Honolulu Police Lt. Colin Wong was playing a sweepstakes machine at a bar he wouldn't have been driving drunk?
on April 2,2013 | 07:45PM
Mythman wrote:
Or playing one of the phone card machines that is owned by a company owned by the HPD officer's union?
on March 21,2014 | 01:56PM
gsc wrote:
Legalize it and Tax it !!!
on April 2,2013 | 03:42PM
false wrote:
That's the major thing. Tax it and tax it big.
on April 2,2013 | 03:58PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
on April 2,2013 | 05:22PM
oldman wrote:
Bring in the lottery....there is so much money to be made by the state.....we would help our budget considerably...use the money for schools. We are hypocrits. We promote gambling via Vegas but condone it on our island.
on April 2,2013 | 04:03PM
localguy wrote:
Using lottery money for schools is nothing but a scam. Soon as you start using lottery money for schools, bureaucrats will cut the regular funding to cover their personal projects, raiding the funds. Also, as corrupt as our dysfunctional bureaucrats are, does anyone think we could really regulate gambling? Not going to happen. We have enough problems in the Nei, don't need to add gambling to the list. Would be ok on our interisland cruise ships.
on April 2,2013 | 07:45PM
hanalei395 wrote:
"Promote gambling via Vegas but condone it" here. What's wrong with that? It's more fun, going away, gambling in Vegas, THAN doing it here.
on April 2,2013 | 08:07PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
oldman, just so you know, the word "condone" is not the opposite of "promote". Maybe you meant to say "condemn". Not making fun of you. :)
on April 3,2013 | 02:18PM
false wrote:
Pass Powerball and Megamillions already !!!
on April 2,2013 | 08:13PM
Bdpapa wrote:
It is the right time!
on April 3,2013 | 06:18AM
Nocturnal wrote:
HPD doesn't want gambling because it would interrupt their protection racket. Well this is just my honest opinion of course.
on April 2,2013 | 11:19PM
sailfish1 wrote:
Only two states do not allow gambling. Utah bans gambling because it is a Mormon controlled state. Hawaii bans gambling because Hawaii people don't have the know-how to do anything without having it get corrupt.
on April 3,2013 | 05:25AM
soundofreason wrote:
Meanwhile, in the real world................"Zynga Makes Real-Money Gambling Debut in U.K., Shares Surge ...

Legislators are just fooling themselves and losing revenue in the process.

on April 3,2013 | 06:53AM
soundofreason wrote:
I'd write more but my online order of cigarettes just showed up.
on April 3,2013 | 06:57AM
cojef wrote:
Boyd would not like any of this subject matter ever be discussed or considered. There is so much at stake, with cheap charter flights and direct links to their 4 casinos. Quash all this talk!
on April 3,2013 | 07:33AM
hanalei395 wrote:
Quash this talk? Of course not. The people with a gambling addiction who are complaining here should have an outlet to vent their frustrations.
on April 3,2013 | 08:04AM
Mythman wrote:
Mr C: Boyd also owns our only junket company. Junket companies are raging out of Hong Kong from shuttling players from the mainland to Macau.
on March 21,2014 | 01:58PM
ready2go wrote:
Which States that have legalized gambling are doing well, financially? We should learn more from them.
on April 3,2013 | 07:48AM
Mythman wrote:
"Bans all forms of gambling"? Is a lottery for housing banned? Is bingo on military bases banned?
on March 21,2014 | 01:54PM
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