TELL THE WASHINGTON STATE LEGISLATURE TO END THE TRIBAL CASINO SLOT MACHINE MONOPOLY

We need your help immediately!!! Please read the email below and let your legislators know we need them to support House Bill 2044 and Senate Bill 5918.  Please contact your district legislators as well as the 18th district legislators letting them know that you work in their district and you need them to support House Bill 2044 and Senate Bill 5918. If you live and work in district 18 be sure you tell them that.

END THE TRIBAL CASINO MONOPOLY ON THESE MACHINES! CONTACT YOUR REPS NOW!


Electronic Gaming for House-Banked Card Rooms

WE’RE GOING ALL IN … Here’s how to get in the game and back the strongest hand our industry has ever had!

The Recreational Gaming Association and its members have been working hard for months to make the strongest case ever for authorizing electronic machine games in house banked card rooms.

Now, we’re dealing you in!

Two identical bills have been introduced in the State Legislature: House Bill 2044 and Senate Bill 5918.  Briefly, here is what these bills do:

· Allows the same machines that tribes offer in non-tribal house banked card rooms

· Limits them to existing house-banked card rooms. 200 machines per location. 7,875 machines total. Future venues must have been in operation 5 years.

· State takes 35% of net win, returns 65% to card rooms as agent compensation.

· State shares 5% with local governments, distributes the remainder to Education, Human Services, Public Safety. 0.5% goes to problem gambling programs.

RGA has launched a media blitz, and there is a lot of “buzz” in Olympia about our proposal. Now, to keep one or both of these bills moving through the legislature, we need your help!

Here’s our Call to Action: Here’s what you must do:

•   Contact your legislators. Click on the link to find your legislators, and send them an e-mail. The site tells you how.

http://apps.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/Default.aspx

Call the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-562-6000 and follow the instructions.

Our MESSAGE to Legislators is simple:

“Please support House Bill 2044 and Senate Bill 5918 .Electronic gaming in house-banked card rooms will bring $190milion a year or more to state and local treasuries. It saves and creates jobs. It helps sustain local programs and services.  It’s the fair thing to do by ending the tribal monopoly on electronic gaming.”

• Send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper, or comment on a blog. A contact list with direct links to blog and newspaper opinion pages is attached to this e-mail.  Letters should be done by e-mail. Just follow the simple instructions for submittal provided by each publication.

Keep the letters short. Keep them direct with these key points in your own words:

• It’s about revenues for needed state and local services. Electronic gaming in house-banked card rooms can bring $190 million a year or more to state and local treasuries.

• It’s about jobs and local economies. Card rooms have provided nearly 10,000 well-paying jobs—about the same number as the Boeing Plant in Renton. Our taxes help fund critical local programs and services, and our businesses have proven themselves to be valued community partners.

• It’s about fairness and equity. The tribes pay no taxes on their more than $1.7 billion annual gaming revenue. We do. Yet we’re not allowed to offer our patrons the games they want. It’s time to end the tribal monopoly on gaming.

• These bills deserve a fair hearing and serious consideration. The numbers are real, and, unlike some budget proposals, they are sustainable. This proposal limits the footprint of non-tribal electronic gaming, and limits the number of machines. A recent poll shows that voters support this approach by more than 62%.

Ask your employees, patrons, friends, neighbors,

and Facebook or other social media friends to do the same

LEGISLATIVE CONTACT INFORMATION FOR DISTRICTS 15, 17, 18, 19 AND 49

District Last Frontier and New Phoenix Businesses

DISTRICT 18

Covers parts of Clark, Cowlitz and Lewis Counties

SENATOR JOSEPH ZARELLI

360-786-7634

joseph.zarelli@leg.wa.gov

REPRESENTATIVE ANN RIVERS

360-786-7850

email:  ann.rivers@leg.wa.gov

REPRESENTATIVE ED ORCUTT

360-786-7812

email:  ed.orcutt@leg.wa.gov

DISTRICT 15

Covers parts of Clark, Klickitat, Skamania and Yakima Counties

SENATOR JIM HONEYFORD

360-786-7684

email:  jim.honeyford@leg.wa.gov

REPRESENTATIVE BRUCE CHANDLER

360-786-7960

email:  bruce.chandler@leg.wa.gov

REPRESENTATIVE DAVID TAYLOR

360-786-7874

email:  david.taylor@leg.wa.gov

DISTRICT 17

Covers parts of Clark County

SENATOR DON BENTON

360-786-7632

email:  don.benton@leg.wa.gov

REPRESENTATIVE TIM PROBST

360-786-7994

email:  tim.probst@leg.wa.gov

REPRESENTATIVE PAUL HARRIS

360-786-7976

email:  paul.harris@leg.wa.gov

DISTRICT 19

Covers parts of Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Pacific and Wahkiakum Counties

SENATOR BRIAN HATFIELD

360-786-7636

email:  brian.hatfield@leg.wa.gov

REPRESENTATIVE DEAN TAKKO

360-786-7806

email:  dean.takko@leg.wa.gov

REPRESENTATIVE BRIAN BLAKE

360-786-7870

email:  brian.blake@leg.wa.gov

DISTRICT 49

Covers parts of Clark County

SENATOR CRAIG PRIDEMORE

360-786-7696

email:  craig.pridemore@leg.wa.gov

REPRESENTATIVE JIM JACKS

360-786-7924

email:  jim.jacks@leg.wa.gov

REPRESENATIVE JIM MOELLER

360-786-7872

email:  jim.moeller@leg.wa.gov

IF YOU NEED HELP FINDING YOUR DISTRICT GO TO THE FOLLOWING WEB ADDRESS AND FOLLOW THE LINK TO “FIND YOUR LEGISLATOR”  www.leg.wa.gov

Political / Media Blogs/Editorial Contacts

www.Horsesass.org

www.soundpolitics.com

http://blog.seattlepi.com/Seattlepolitics (Strange Bedfellows)

www.theolympian.com/politicsblog/index.html (The Politics Blog, Olympian)

http://blog.thenewstribune.com/politics/ (Political Buzz)

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/politicsnorthwest/ (Politics Northwest)

www.heraldnet.com/section/BLOG13 (The Petri Dish, Everett Herald)

www.washingtonstatewire.com/home (Washington State Wire)

www.waledge.com (The WA Ledge, Austin Jenkins, NPR)

Letters to the Editor (Usually no more than 200 words)

(These are source addresses with instructions for each publication’s submittal rules and e-mail address)

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/letters (Seattle Times)

www.seattlepi.com/letters (Seattle P.I.)

https://secure.thenewstribune.com/opinion/letters (Tacoma News Tribune. Requires Sign-up, Log-in)

www.spokesman.com/letters (Spokane Spokesman Review)

• www.columbian.com/news/opinion/letters (Vancouver Columbian)

www.heraldnet.com/section/OPINION02 (Everett Herald)

www.tri-cityherald.com/letters (Tri-City Herald, Richland)

www.yakima-herald.com/page/editorial (Yakima Herald)

http://union-bulletin.com/page/letters (Walla Walla)

http://tdn.com/news/opinion/ (Longview Daily News)

www.wenatcheeworld.com/news/letters-to-the-editor/ (Wenatchee World)

www.thedailyworld.com/content/letter_editor (Aberdeen, The Daily World)

www.kitsapsun.com/news/opinion/letters-to-editor/ (Kitsap Sun)

http://ptleader.com/main.asp?SectionID=5&TM=46357.32 (Port Townsend Leader)

 

MY LETTER TO  MY REPS:

I am writing you asking you to vote in favor of House Bill 2044 and Senate Bill 5918.  These Bills will give the State of Washington untold millions in increased revenues exactly when the State needs them the most.  Passage of these Bills will allow the State to continue to provide the essential services so many of us Washingtonians rely on.  It has been my position that the Tribal casino’s have had an unfair advantage over the private card room establishments.  Passage of these bills will not only level the playing field, but will undoubtedly allow these establishments to hire more employees, thus putting more people back to work when they need it most.  It is also my position that the argument that allowing these machines into these smaller establishments will increase the numbers of those who are struggling with gambling addiction issues, is unmerited and will ultimately be proven false.  These people are already going to the Tribal Casino’s and this change will have no effect on the situation as a whole.  Once again, I urge you to vote in favor of these Bills.  It is vital to the growth of our local economy and a no vote by you, will weigh heavily at your next election cycle.

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  1. #1 by Rick L. on 04/15/2011 - 1:57 pm

    I could not disagree more than to pass a bill that will allow our government to waste more money and put more money into the hands of our politicians. This is wrong and just another attempt to screw the Indians. This was their land before the “White Devil” with Forked Tongues came here and Murdered thousands of Indians without cause. You would think anyone with any common sense would see through the smoke and mirrors on this bill. The government will throw their hands up and say where did all that gambling money go we so honestly wanted to use to help the state budgets?

    That bunch of BS the government had about the Indians not putting good land to good use was nothing but a ploy to steal what was not theirs. It would have been another thing if all the Treaties the government wrote up for the Indians to sign would have been honored but they weren’t and the Indians were lied to just like the government lies to us, the American People. I don’t care what anybody says, the government can’t be trusted, and all politicians can not be trusted when the all mighty dollar is involved. The government can not be trusted even if money is not involved.

    Now here is something our government tried. Minting U.S. coins without” In God We Trust” embossed on them. They say Oh this was just a mistake. Come on, the people that print these coins have very little to read on these coins so this was a deliberate ploy to get the American peoples reaction on minting Communist Currency for America. http://www.snopes.com/politics/religion/dollarcoin.asp

    OK, so the Indians have found a way to better themselves and the Government doesn’t like it. The Indians have monopolized gaming? Just what has the Government done to the American People? The government has monopolized Corruption. Take a nice long slow look at your paycheck, the price of living and the enormous Debt the United States is in and then see what you think about this issue. Stuff like this really gets my dander up and it’s only out of respect of the Web Master of this site do I refrain from using language that people say is offensive.

    THE STATES AND GOVERNMENT ARE IN ENORMUS DEBT BECAUSE OF THEIR OWN DOING NOT BECAUSE OF THE INDIANS. LEAVE THE INDIANS ALONE.

    • #2 by conservativeamericanvet on 04/17/2011 - 9:00 pm

      I couldn’t disagree with you more…

  2. #3 by Gbak on 12/24/2011 - 7:32 am

    Are you kidding me? It has been 200 years, and by the way there is no recorded history of any indian massacre in the state of Washington. This is not about the tribal gaming, it’s about revenue sharing with the state, of which the tribes have categorically refused to entertain. Rick you are misguided in your thoughts.

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