It doesn’t have a hearing scheduled yet, but there is a bill to allow lotteries in Hawaii.
It was introduced last Friday by Joe Souki, the speaker of the House of Representatives, who said recently that a lottery for the state is a distinct possibility.
House Bill 1830 authorizes the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs to license a single operator for a lottery, including keno.
Speaker Joe Souki.
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A lottery, according to the legislation, would benefit people in this way:
The revenue, meanwhile, could be used for these purposes:
It’s a very detailed proposal, suggesting that the idea has support.
The bill’s backers include Vice Speaker John Mizuno and Finance Chair Sylvia Luke.
Mizuno said Sen. Will Espero plans to introduce a similar measure on the other side of the Capitol
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