Lawmakers introduce bills to bring lottery and casinos to Hawaii

Hawaii, one of just two states that does not permit any form of legal gambling, may soon allow its first games of chance.


Legislators in the state’s House of Representatives and Senate have introduced six different bills, all of which have passed first reading and have been assigned to committees.

A seventh bill has been filed to commission a study into the impact of legal gambling in Hawaii.

Each sets out proposals for different forms of legal gambling. Senate Bill 561, introduced by Gilbert Keith-Agaran, House Bill 363 , a companion bill filed by Representative Scott Saiki would create the Hawaii Lottery and Gaming Corporation.

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