Hawaii lawmakers on Monday will debate a bill that would grant a 20-year license to a standalone casino in Waikiki, and create a 15 percent wagering tax on the casino’s gross receipts.
House Bill 2788, which was introduced by Rep. Joe Souki, D-Wailuku-Waikapu, would also create the Hawaii Gaming Commission, as well as a State Gaming Fund and Compulsive Gambler Program.
The bill, which will be heard by the House Tourism Committee at 9:15 a.m. Monday morning, must also clear the House Finance Committee before it goes to the floor for a vote.
It is not the first time lawmakers in Hawaii, one of two states with no gambling, have considered legislation to make gaming legal in the state.
Recent surveys offer conflicting reports of support for a casino in Hawaii’s main tourist district. A survey by the Waikiki Improvement Association found a majority of local people said they would visit a casino in Waikiki, while a poll by Honolulu Civil Beat found a majority of Hawaii voters oppose a casino in Waikiki.