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State Senate Approves New Games For Deadwood

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The state Senate has passed a measure that would authorize three new voter-approved games in Deadwood.

The chamber on Thursday voted 27-7 to approve the proposal to allow keno, craps and roulette in the historic mining town. It is now expected to be heard in a House committee.

Supporters have pushed the measure as a way to keep Deadwood competitive with other gambling hotspots such as Colorado and Iowa. In November, 57 percent of voters approved constitutional Amendment Q, which gave the Legislature the authority to implement the new games.

Senate backers said their colleagues should follow the lead that voters set when they approved the plan. Opponents argue gambling provokes addictions and causes social and financial problems for families in South Dakota.