Sunday, September 10, 2023

Odds Against Any New Gambling Casinos in NC

Mark Walker, a Republican candidate for
governor, speaks at rally against gambling casinos

So ... are new gambling parlors now dead in the General Assembly?

In a NandO story last Thursday, House Speaker Tim Moore announced that “there are not 61 Republicans willing to vote for the budget if it includes gaming.” "In an email to the House Republican Caucus sent Wednesday night, Moore said Republicans would not pass a state budget that didn’t have at least 61 House GOP votes, a majority of the 120-member House."

On the Senate side, President Pro Tem Phil Berger reiterated that a standalone casino bill sanctioning new non-Indian gambling establishments was "not likely to pass this session."

So perhaps the building opposition of citizens in four target counties, and elsewhere, had some effect.

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