The House Agriculture Committee changed HB12-1280 today, but they did not "fix" the measure, as far as Protect Our Neighborhoods (PON) is concerned. We opposed the bill in its original form because it ignored the constitutional requirements for both a statewide and a local vote before casino gaming can be expanded. Those concerns were not addressed in the House Agriculture Committee amendments.
The proponents of HB12-1280 want us to believe that they now only want one casino on the Western Slope, rather than six casinos located all over Colorado, as called for in their original bill. We doubt they will be satisfied with one casino in a relatively small market. If they are allowed to usurp the constitution this year, does anyone doubt that they'll be back in future years pushing for additional casinos in larger markets on the Front Range?
The measure will be considered next in the House Appropriations Committee. PON urges all Coloradans who care about the integrity of our Constitution and principle of local control to contact Appropriations Committee members and urge them to oppose HB12-1280.
HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE
Chair, Jon Becker (Adams +) email@example.com
Vice- Chair, Cheri Gerou (Jefferson) firstname.lastname@example.org
Jerry Sonnenberg (Bill Sponsor, Logan/Weld+) email@example.com
Glenn Vaad (Weld) firstname.lastname@example.org
Marsha Looper (El Paso) email@example.com
Brian Delgrosso (Larimer) firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Ferrandino (Denver)email@example.com
Bob Gardner (El Paso/Fremont) firstname.lastname@example.org
Deb Gardner (Boulder) email@example.com
Dickey Lee Hullinghorst (Boulder) firstname.lastname@example.org
Andy Kerr (Jefferson) email@example.com
Dan Pabon (Denver) firstname.lastname@example.org
Judy Solano (Adams) email@example.com