IGT: The latest version of a proposed 20-year no-bid state lottery contract for International Game Technology -- and partner Twin River -- will get separate hearings by the House and Senate’s respective finance committees Tuesday afternoon.
Changes to this latest version of a lottery contract bill IGT has been seeking for more than year would, among other things, broaden the definition of employee for IGT’s required job requirement.
While on the subject of gambling, the both finance committees will also discuss a bill that would allow gamblers to bet on sports without setting up an account at a Twin River casino in person.
Elections: Finding the best way to safely and fairly vote during the COVID-19 pandemic continues to divide state leaders and the House Judiciary committee digs into the the two main issues.
One, which predates the virus, involves finding a more efficient way to let people vote before election day. Current law makes them vote via emergency mail ballot, a labor-intensive process that strains elections officials and does not involve photo ID.
A bill sought by the Board of Elections would move toward what in other states is considered “early voting,” where voters with photo ID can cast ballots directly in a voting machine 20 days before the election.
The second issue is whether all voters should be sent mail ballot applications for the September primary and November general elections. A newly revised House bill getting hearing Tuesday would send applications to everyone, but Senate President Dominick Ruggerio is opposed.
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