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.
Cory Lum/Civil Beat
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
Sign up for our FREE morning newsletter and face each day more informed.
You're officially signed up for our daily newsletter, the Morning Beat. A confirmation email will arrive shortly.
In the meantime, we have other newsletters that you might enjoy. Check the boxes for emails you'd like to receive.
Inbox overcrowded? Don't worry, you can unsubscribe or update your preferences at any time.