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奎恩对伊利诺斯州博彩扩张法案施加影响

2008-06-10 13:50:46 来源:不详 作者:佚名 【 点击:

  州长帕特·奎因一直是伊利诺斯州博彩扩张的最大障碍,当议员们比以往任何时候更倾向于通过一项博彩扩张法案时,奎恩再一次对法案能否通过表示疑问。

  奎恩去年就准备好否决一项法案,该法案是关于在新赌场和芝加哥机场设置老虎机的,当时他表示这种扩张过于放纵,州参议院议长约翰·卡勒顿将法案暂时搁置到今年,以便议员们有时间按照州长的意图进行修改。

  卡勒顿再三要求州长对如何调整这一法案给出一个大体的框架,但直到今年早些时候,州长才被迫给卡勒顿交待了一个拟定新法案的框架,议员们已经据此对原始法案进行了修改,现在将努力获得足够的票数摆脱州长的否决权来通过法案,显而易见,州长对博彩扩张计划十分不感冒。

  “我不能闭着眼睛签署这份法案”奎恩表示“这里面漏洞太多,会对百姓不利的”

  该法案将准许赛马场等处安置老虎机,并将准许建造一些新的博彩设施。州长认识到在今年这样一个选举年,通过一项影响很大的博彩扩张法案会对州内的政治环境有所影响。

  奎恩反对这项新法案的最大的一个理由是,他认为新法案不能阻止政客从博彩利益中获取参与竞选的捐赠,但议员们现在正在推动法案向顺利通过前进。

  伊利诺斯州是美国众多在经济衰退后改变策略转向推动博彩扩张以重建经济的州之一,芝加哥市长拉姆·伊曼纽尔自此去年上任以来就是修建新赌场的强有力的支持者,他和州长奎恩就博彩问题已经数次发生争论。(博之道  www.bozhidao.com)

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  Quinn Weighs In On Illinois Gambling Expansion Bill

  http://www.casinogamblingweb.com/gambling-news/casino-gambling/quinn_weighs_in_on_illinois_gambling_expansion_bill_57841.html

  Governor Pat Quinn has been one of the biggest hurdles for gambling expansion in the state of Illinois, and with lawmakers closer than ever to passing a gaming expansion bill, Quinn has again weighed in with doubt that a deal will get done.

  Quinn was preparing to veto a bill last year that would have brought slots not only to new casinos, but also to Chicago airports. That bill, according to the governor, was too broad of an expansion effort. This year, Senate President John Cullerton stayed the bill to give lawmakers time to change the legislation to fit the governor's concerns.

  Cullerton repeatedly asked Governor Quinn for a directive on which areas of the bill should be adjusted, and it was not until earlier this year that Quinn obliged and gave Cullerton the framework for a new bill. Lawmakers have changed the original bill, and now are close to passing the legislation with enough votes that will ensure a veto is not possible from Quinn. Still, the governor is weary of the gaming plans.

  "I wouldn't hold your breath on getting that bill signed," said Quinn. It, "contained a lot of loopholes that are not good for the people."

  The bill would allow slot machines at state racetracks, and also would create several new gaming facilities. The governor understands that this is an election year, and allowing a large gambling expansion bill to pass could alter the political landscape in the state.

  One of the biggest issues Quinn has with the new bill is its inability to block campaign donations to politicians from gambling interests. That aspect of the bill may still be stripped out of the legislation, but currently lawmakers are moving forward with the bill as it was written.

  Illinois is one of many states in the US that have been turning to gambling expansion to help build back their economy after the economic recession. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel has been a strong proponent of new casinos in Chicago since he took office last year, and Emmanuel has clashed with Governor Quinn on several occasions regarding the gambling issue.

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