The Missouri Gaming Commission has made major progress in regulating the state’s casinos. The state House, however, thinks things are moving to quickly for them to comprehend, so they are trying to slow the casino expansion process down.
The House voted on Wednesday for a two year ban on all casino licenses. they claim that the expansion is happening too quickly, and that something needs to be done to slow the process.
“We need to take a step back for a couple of years and need to analyze what’s going on everywhere before we start throwing licenses out,” said Rep. Shannon Cooper.
It might have been too much to ask for Missouri to be a leader into the age of casino gambling that the United States is heading towards. The state seems much more likely to wait and see if others succeed before allowing their own state the chance at increased revenue.
The main concern is Kansas and their expanded gambling efforts. That is more reason, according to Democrats to lead instead of follow.
“If we were in the gaming industry first, why wouldn’t we proceed with gusto and create the best gaming industry we can and let Kansas adjust to us,” said Tom Villa, Representative from St. Louis.
Teamsters Going After Legislators In Mass. Over Casino Issue
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the Teamsters union has waged many battles over the years. With each passing year, and with every political issue, it seems the Teamsters have had their hand in the outcome.
They had been lobbying hard for Governor Patrick’s casino proposal. That proposal was voted down by members of the state House, and it has infuriated the Teamsters union.
The union has now formally warned members of the legislature that they intend on finding candidates to run against them in the November election.
“Although we may not be 100 percent successful, I believe we will win some of the seats and make the rest spend money to protect their seats,” said President of Teamsters Local Union No. 25, Sean M. O’Brien, in a letter to legislators.
Members of the House are not taking kindly to the letter. Some believe the Teamsters are just upset that the vote did not go in their favor.
“I can’t think of anyone who has been more friendly to labor over my 12 years in office than the Massachusetts Legislature. It’s a typical ‘What have you done for me lately?’,” said Representative Michael Rodrigues.
The union is particularly upset because they feel the Governor’s plan would have brought many much needed jobs to members of their union.