- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Owners of Twin River casino will ask Rhode Island lawmakers to permit the construction of an adjacent hotel.

The Providence Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1woFN3w ) Twin River’s chairman announced plans for the 150- to 250-room, four-story hotel before the Lincoln Town Council on Tuesday. The casino is responding to the prospect of intense competition from casinos opening in Massachusetts in the near future.

Twin River chairman John E. Taylor Jr. said it’s critical for Rhode Island and Lincoln that Twin River remain competitive and that revenue and jobs are preserved.

State law prohibits Twin River from operating a hotel on its 190-acre property or “in close proximity.”

A spokesman says House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello is open to any proposal that will help protect the state’s third largest revenue source while also considering the hospitality industry.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, https://www.providencejournal.com

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