House committee approves sending casino question to voters

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The House Finance Committee has provided the first of several approvals to put a question about a proposed Tiverton casino on the November ballot.

The committee unanimously approved the bill on Tuesday.

The General Assembly is scheduled to vote this week on sending the question to voters.

The legislation would guarantee at least $3 million each year to Tiverton if the casino is built.

Tiverton is located near the Massachusetts border and has a population of fewer than 16,000.

Casino operator Twin River Management Group wants to build the 85,000-square-foot casino and hotel complex to replace its aging Newport Grand after Newport voters rejected a proposed expansion.

The legislation could go to a full vote in both chambers by the end of the week.

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