House passes bill allowing hotel at Twin River Casino

Artist's rendering of Twin River hotel proposal (JCJ Architecture, via Twin River)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island’s House of Representatives has unanimously voted to allow the Twin River Casino in Lincoln to add a hotel.

The House voted Thursday afternoon on legislation lifting a ban that had prevented the gambling facility from building a hotel. The restriction was originally in place to satisfy hotel owners in Providence worried about competition.

But Twin River is facing competition of its own. At least four casinos in neighboring Massachusetts are expected to open within the next few years.

Twin River officials say the hotel will add jobs and keep existing customers. Supporters say it will bolster the casino at a time when lottery revenues — the state’s third largest source of cash — are declining.

The bill now goes to the Senate.

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