After the testimony from multiple people on both sides of the issue, House Bill 1123, which would allow certain Deadwood casinos to sell alcohol 24-hours-a-day, passed in the state Senate and will go to the floor.
Right now by law, Deadwood casinos cannot serve alcohol between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m.
During the state Senate Affairs meeting Wednesday morning, Senator Mark Kirkeby of Rapid City said he favors getting rid of the restrictions as a way to energize tourism in Deadwood.
Representative Tim Rounds of Pierre agreed saying the bill will allow Deadwood to compete against other gaming towns.
But Family Heritage Alliance Executive Director Dale Bartscher said the legislation opens Pandora's Box. He fears the crime rate will rise and addictions will worsen.
Eligible casinos must be licensed and have more than 10 lodging rooms.