- Associated Press - Thursday, October 20, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Gaming Commission is backing away from considering a change in where casinos are allowed to develop along the Gulf Coast.

The Clarion-Ledger reports (https://on.thec-l.com/2epH8rE ) that commissioners had little comment Thursday after deciding not to let casinos build on sites where the casino companies don’t own property touching the water.

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant is among those opposing the change.

A state law enacted in the early 1990s limits casinos to sites on the Mississippi River or over the coastal waters. After Hurricane Katrina caused massive destruction in 2005, the law was altered to let coastal casinos move a short distance onto land, but only on sites still touching the water.

Commissioners did not definitively say whether they might consider changing the site rules at another time.

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Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, https://www.clarionledger.com

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