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As Hundreds of Thousands Remain Displaced, Gulf Legislatiors Ponder Land Based Casinos

By Chuckmonster on Friday, 30th September 2005 9:29am
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Gov. Haley Barbour found himself in an unusual position Wednesday, hearing "no" from some conservative lawmakers who are normally his staunchest allies.

The Republican governor appeared before the Legislative Conservative Coalition to discuss his proposal to let coast casinos move up to 1,500 feet onshore.

Barbour -- who called lawmakers into a special session this week to handle Hurricane Katrina recovery issues -- spoke in calm, even tones, saying he knows some people have religious objections to any change in the 1990 law that limits casinos to the waters of the Mississippi River or the Gulf of Mexico.

But he said it makes sense, for public safety and for financial reasons, to let the casinos move off the water where powerful storms are a constant threat.

Katrina severely damaged the 13 coast casinos when it hit Aug. 29, shredding the walls of some and hurling a few of the massive barges onto land.



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