Panel studying Del. gambling industry needs

By Associated Press 11:50am, December 4, 2013 - Updated 2:25pm, December 4, 2013
A reconfiguration of the revenue sharing plan for Delaware's gambling industry could be among the recommendations made by a commission examining how to address competition from neighboring states.

Lawmakers established the lottery and gaming commission earlier this year to examine the competitive marketplace facing Delaware's gambling industry. The panel, which met Wednesday, faces a Jan. 31 deadline for reporting findings and recommendations to the governor and General Assembly.

Wednesday's meeting included a review of a report from a couple of years ago on the feasibility of additional gambling venues in Delaware. Commission members also heard from representatives of the horse-racing industry, which gets a cut of Delaware's gambling revenues.

Representatives of the horsemen and the casinos are hoping lawmakers will increase their share of gambling revenue.

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