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October 21, 2014

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Senate advances bill to permit gambling in hotel rooms

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CARSON CITY – By unanimous vote, the Senate on Monday approved a bill to permit gambling in the rooms of hotel-casinos, with predictions the state could collect as much as $18 million annually in additional taxes.

The bill would permit gambling anywhere on the property of a resort, but the electronic device used for such gambling wouldn't work if a patron left the property.

Sen. Valerie Wiener, D-Las Vegas, said she initially worried about whether children could gamble from a hotel room, but noted the electronic technology has seen advances and has safeguards in place.

Lee Amaitis, president and chief operating officer of Cantor Gaming, pushed for the bill and said earlier it could result in as much as $18 million more in revenue to the state each year.

The bill now returns to the Assembly for agreement on licensing of independent agents. It would become effective Oct. 1.

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  1. How about a STATE LOTTERY?

  2. "As for a State lottery -- only if its enactment would prohibit property ownership taxation."

    Could you explain that please?

  3. The 260 casinos in Nevada pay far less in taxes to the state than the 10 casinos in Pa.

    So Nevada is a casino friendly state, so if they raise the taxes on casinos and institute a state lottery, it's not like the casinos are gonna get up and leave.

    Raise the taxes on casinos and get a state lottery, Let's get Nevada into the 21st century.

  4. YOU DO NOT WANT A STATE LOTTERY.

    CALIF. HAS ONE TO HELP THE SCHOOLS. TEACHERS ARE ASKING STUDENTS TO BRING IN THEIR OWN PENCILS AND SCRATCH PAPER. WHERE THE FINANCES FOR THE SCHOOLS????

    PAYOUTS ARE NOT FAIR AT ALL

  5. I used to bring my own pencils and scratch paper to school as a kid. It was no big deal and it made it part of the family responsibility to be sure the kids got a good education. The argument against having a state lottery, acesbat, is extremely weak. The money raised will help schools. I am more concerned about the noise level in casino hotel rooms (and the impact on the sleep of their neighbors.). Right now it is a way to escape the floor activity.

  6. STATE LOTTERY would be beneficial to raise revenue. I'm from California where teachers get paid way too much and have time off for summer etc. In our case most teachers cry they don't have enough money but in reality have money to buy vacation homes and most have multiple properties. So not for a minute do I buy into the "poor teachers" bit. Teachers even have their own pension and "NOT" Social Security like the rest of us. Plain and simple,kids need to bring their own supplies to school!