Lawmakers try again to expand gaming, more confident this time

By Amy Cherry 3:22pm, May 10, 2013
A bill to expand gaming in Delaware makes a comeback.

WDEL's Amy Cherry reports.

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State Rep. Dennis Williams says two casinos in New Castle and Sussex Counties would create hundreds, if not thousands of jobs in the construction and service industries.

The Talleyville Democrat calls Delaware an untapped market.

"there are enough people in the surrounding area that we would still have a large number of people still coming to two additional casinos on our borders in the north and in the south," says Williams.

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Past efforts have failed due to opposition from Delaware Park, Dover Downs, and Harrington Raceway, but Williams says things have changed, especially in the horse racing industry.

"Adding two additional casinos, which would still contribute to the fund for the purses for the horsemen would allow us to maintain and stabilize that business," says Williams.

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Williams also points out....

"The owners of Delaware Park actually opened up a casino just south of our southern border in Maryland, so they clearly think that there's a market there; they just want to have that market for themselves," he says.

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The bill would have a nine member committee, appointed by the Governor and House and Senate leadership, tasted with deciding where the casinos would go.

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