Interesting bit of movement in casinoland. As those who read my cover story on the prospects for full-scale casino gambling in this week's Phoenix will recall, legislation in Congress known as the "Carcieri fix" could give the Narragansetts and other Indian tribes recognized after 1934 a clearer path to casino gambling.
That legislation, as expected, has passed out of a key Senate committee and heads to the floor. Members of Rhode Island's congressional delegation have pledged to fight for a provision that would retain Ocean State voters' right to have the final say on Indian gambling. With some powerful senators and the Obama administration behind the bill, this will be an interesting test of the delegation's outsized clout.
If no carve-out lands in the bill, the politics of casino gambling in Rhode Island will be turned on their head.