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Mar 17, 2014 8:06 PM by Joanna Wise

Hit or stay: should gambling be expanded in Colorado?

PUEBLO, Colo. - Two possible ballot proposals have been placed on the table. The focus- expanding gambling to Arapahoe, Pueblo and Mesa counties.

A Rhode Island company is backing the initiatives. Twin River World Wide Holdings Inc. owns Mile High Racing and Entertainment. It also runs the Arapahoe Park Race Track in Aurora.

Pueblo County Commissioner Sal Pace says the initiative would allow "race-inos." The combination of casinos and within race tracks. It would allow slots, tables and video lottery terminals at the Aurora race track, as well as two future tracks in Mesa and Pueblo counties.

So far, the proposals have brought mixed reactions.

Anneliese Moore has lived in Pueblo since the 1950's. She says she does not support expanding gaming to Pueblo county.

"It brings all kinds of undesirable people that will contribute to it not being a family town like it is," said Moore.

Randy Sandavol doesn't agree.

"We already have 'lottos' and scratch tickets. I know that's helping, so I'm sure we'll be able to put it to good use," said Sandoval.

Action 22- a lobbying group in southern Colorado says it will wait until they know how voters feel about the issue before taking a solid stance.

Cathy Garcia, the groups CEO and President, says people didn't support it in 2003, and she's not sure public opinion has changed.

The Gaming Association of Colorado says it will wait until the language of the written proposals have been finalized until taking a definitive stance.

But the executive director say, if gaming expansion is not done carefully, it could be detrimental for current gambling towns, like Cripple Creek.



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