Hawaiian Gaming Bills Pass House

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Legal gambling in Hawaii is one step closer to reality, as the state's House passed through a first reading of five different bills that would establish a lottery, sportsbetting industry, and casino industry within The Aloha State.

The bills have passed and been referred to the Economic Development, Customer Protection and Commerce, Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs and Finance committees.

HB1820 would grant a 10-year license for a members-only casino on Waikiki, and would charge a $20 fee for passes to enter the property, while also developing a problem gambling program for the state.

HB1973 would regulate sportsbetting and establish oversight of the industry to the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism. It would also spell out the licensing requirements for operators and suppliers. Sportsbetting would also not be classified as a game of chance. A 10% tax on operator gross receipts would also be established.

HB2040 would establish the Hawaiian Lottery and Gaming Corporation, which would introduce draw games within the state. Hawaii is one of five states currently without a lottery.

Related to HB2040, HB2485 would establish the Hawaii Lottery Commission, which would see that lottery funds are used to address issues related to invasive species infestation.

The last bill that made it through its first reading is House Bill 1962, which requires the state's islands to conduct a report that would spell out potential revenue that could be generated from betting. This report would be due to be submitted by next year.

There isn't any form of betting that's currently legal in Hawaii, but it is apparent that there's an appetite for legalized wagering in the state. If the bills make it through to voting in the House and pass, they'll then go to the State Senate for more discussion and voting. If the bill passes there, it'll head to the desk of Governor David Ige, who can sign the bills into law or veto them.

Casino Listings News is following this story and will update readers as the bills advance.

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Dustin Jermalowicz
Dustin has a long-standing passion for gambling. He has been writing professionally on the subject and breaking industry news for Casino Listings since 2011. His favorite casino games include Blackjack, Poker, and Hi/Lo. A proud native of Detroit, Dustin currently lives in Michigan.