Colorado May Expand Casino Gaming Privileges to 24 Hours


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Colorado has enjoyed such benefits under its limited casino bill that a state representative wants to expand gambling action in the state. Representative Al White of Hayden, Colorado, is proposing that the limits currently on casinos be removed.

Casinos in Colorado are required to close from 2 a.m. until 8 a.m. Further, there is a $5 maximum betting cap per game. Even under these restrictive conditions, the state has garnered $100 million per year in gambling taxes. White suggests that, by doing away with the betting ceiling and the forced closing hours, the state’s revenue will more than double.

The $5 limit has remained the same since the passing of the 1990 bill creating the casinos, despite inflationary increases in virtually every other market and business.

White believes extra income could be put to use funding the state’s system of universities and colleges, thus protecting higher education from economic downturns.

Community leaders around the casinos have come out in favor of White’s proposal, as have other state politicians as well as David Skaggs, director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education.

Chad Hills of Focus on the Family stated that gambling destroys families, although he offered no research to prove this. Hills said, “You can count on Focus on the Family to launch a full-fledged war against any legislator or legislation that promotes 24-7 gambling.”

It seems elementary, despite the automatic response from anti-gambling groups, that the mild changes White plans to initiate would greatly benefit Colorado.

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