Gambling referendum to appear on RI ballot
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A decision by the Rhode Island Supreme Court means voters will be asked in November whether they want to allow expanded gambling at the state's two slot parlors.
The court on Thursday said it would not accelerate an appeal by the Narragansett Indian Tribe. That appeal challenged a lower court's decision that the let the question on the ballot.
The measure asks voters whether they want to allow table games at Twin River in Lincoln and at Newport Grand.
William Devereaux, a lawyer for the tribe, says the decision means there will be a cloud hanging over the constitutionality of the ballot question.
The court said the tribe had waited too long to ask for an expedited appeal.
The court will hear the appeal at a later time.