House panels OK Cherokee casino game expansion

Posted May 29, 2012
Updated May 30, 2012

— Changes to state gambling laws which allow the Cherokee casino in western North Carolina to offer live dealer poker and other table games have cleared two House committees.

A budget subcommittee met late Tuesday and approved a Senate proposal for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to implement an amended gambling compact with Gov. Beverly Perdue. The casino currently offers electronic games.

The House Commerce Committee approved the plan in a quick meeting Wednesday morning.

Deal supporters say it will expand casino offerings while hiring hundreds of workers. Public schools will benefit from a cut of revenues from the new games.

Tribe Principal Chief Michell Hicks told the budget subcommittee the change would help tribe members and those living in the region. Rep. Mark Hilton opposes the gambling expansion, saying it will contribute to more substance abuse and family problems.


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  • Half Red Half Blue May 30, 2012

    "one does have to remeber that the current lottery was illegally passed by the democrats after bev perdue cast the tie breaker vote. her position as most of her decisions over the last 4 yrs as gov nor have been -- of the wrong headed nature. given the fact that she was able to recognize she would be DEFEATED BY A LANDSLIDE my hat goes off to her for recognizing same."

    How was it illegal? It was suddenly her fault because she had to break a tie? I thought conservatives were against more regulations.

  • rk1115 May 30, 2012

    Let's get some closer to raleigh, legalize buying alchol 24x7 so I can drink every waking day if I want to, and come on let's finally get medical marjiuana...if nc did that I would love it!!!

  • piene2 May 30, 2012

    "Now, let's get liquor sales on Sunday, and before Noon.

    The state should not be selling liquor in the first place. Talk about backward thinking!

  • LikeABadPenny May 30, 2012

    "if you are comlaining that you can't buy your Jack Daniels before noon on Sunday, you have bigger problems."

    Agreed, like living in a state where religion has an undo influence. Or did you have a point?

  • Wags May 30, 2012

    LikeABadPenny...if you are comlaining that you can't buy your Jack Daniels before noon on Sunday, you have bigger problems.

  • LikeABadPenny May 30, 2012

    "Didn't they used to call this protection money?"

    In this case it's called making sound rational decisions, and taking a step further out of the dark ages caused by the overt action of religion in politics in this state.

    Now, let's get liquor sales on Sunday, and before Noon.

  • kermit60 May 30, 2012

    The State makes the rules but will change them and let you operate live tables for a part of the profits? Didn't they used to call this protection money?

  • markjb33 May 30, 2012

    Let's get some closer to Raleigh

  • babedan May 30, 2012

    I agree it should be legal everywhere and someone should put up a Horse track. Along with a dog track. Why not? The tax revenue it generates, may keep the toll roads from going up everywhere in the state.

  • LikeABadPenny May 30, 2012

    notafan, among the many things that should be legalized if only because there is no good logical reason for them to be illegal.