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Business owners and lawmakers say bills if passed will help Deadwood

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Business owners and lawmakers say proposed legislation will help Deadwood's economy, and they think it has a good chance at passing.    

House Joint Resolution 1001 would add new games like roulette, craps, and keno to the mix. Representative Timothy Johns, who helped introduce the bill, said this would help keep Deadwood competitive with other states who are already offering these games. He also said it would bring in more people to the area.     

"I think the more games you can offer the more attraction it is for those people who are really interested in gaming," said Representative Johns.

House Bill 1123 would allow some Deadwood casinos, if they are part of a hotel, to keep bars open 24 hours a day. Austin Burnham, General Manager of Tin Lizzie Casino, said even though this bill doesn't affect his business directly, he is in full support it.    

"I think it's a great opportunity for Deadwood to help market itself as more of a destination town and to compete better with some of the other markets that already have similar offerings," said Burnham.

In addition to the House bills, there is a Senate bill that would allow Deadwood to add $1 to the $2 hotel occupancy tax, and that will be going to the House floor on Monday.

HB 1123 and HJR 1001 will go to the Senate floor on Monday.

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