Gambling would be allowed on large ships traveling between Hawaii’s islands under a measure approved by its first committee.
The House Economic Revitalization and Business Committee voted 10-1 on Thursday to keep the bill alive, but it still faces two more House committees, a potential full House vote and Senate consideration before it could reach the governor’s desk.
The legislation would create a board to create rules and manage offshore gambling. It doesn’t spell out exactly what type of gambling would be allowed.
Committee Chairman Angus McKelvey said his committee is amending the bill to require a minimum of 1,000 passengers on no more than two eligible ships.
Hawaii and Utah are the only states in the country without any form of legalized gambling.