State Senate kills Deadwood booze bill - KOTA Territory News

State Senate kills Deadwood booze bill

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by Jack Siebold, MyTown Editor

Deadwood lost a bid to loosen bar hours in the gaming town when House Bill 1123 was voted down on the Senate floor Tuesday afternoon.  It died on a 15-20 vote.

The bill would have allowed some hotels to keep their bars open after the traditional closing time of 2 a.m.

Supporters say it was one of several ideas to help Deadwood regain some momentum when competing against gaming towns in other states.  Opponents, on the other hand, claimed keeping the bars open would just open up more opportunities for trouble.

Another idea to entice more gamblers is still one vote away from the governor's desk; and then to the voters.  House Joint Resolution 1001 would put the question of increasing games to the voters since it requires a change to the state Constitution.  The bill — adding roulette, craps and keno in Deadwood — will be debated on the Senate floor Wednesday afternoon.

A $1 hike in the visitor occupancy tax in Deadwood has already been sent to the governor.

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