NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Gambling opponents are planning a rally in Newport to protest the city's plans to eliminate a city-wide vote on whether to allow table games at a local casino.
Members of Citizens Concerned about Casino Gambling told The Newport Daily News that the rally is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, just before the city's Canvassing Board is expected to eliminate a local referendum on table games at the Newport Grand.
City officials say they don't have a choice, because state lawmakers voted in June to hold a statewide referendum and bar a local vote on the table games plan. The vote came after Newport voters rejected the proposal in 2012, while it passed statewide.
Casino opponents say the state constitution calls for both statewide and local votes on casino plans.