Mississippi Redraws Casino Lines

Lawmakers in Mississippi have approved a bill to limit the areas in which new casinos can be built in a state still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Katrina. Surprisingly, and almost uniquely, they also managed to unite the state’s religious and gambling lobbies behind a single issue.Mississippi senators voted this week by a majority of 36 to 14 to strip seven Mississippi counties of their rights to allow casino developments. Senate Bill 2199 limits any future expansion of legal gaming in Mississippi to the seven counties that have already legalized gaming.

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