Chairs Fukunaga and Ige, Vice-Chairs Wakai and Kidani and Committee Members:
The League of Women Voters of Hawaii opposes SB2893, S.D.1. We feel this commission, which is really a study of gambling in Hawaii is a totally unnecessary, wasteful cost to our taxpayers. We already have many independent studies from the mainland, including the National Commission on Gambling. Which concludes that there should be NO EXPANSION OF GAMBLING?
In Hawaii multiple organizations testifying against any form of gambling state it would be detrimental to our citizens, tourists and businesses, as well as cause an increased amount of crime. Please note also that any comprehensive study of gambling in Hawaii would need much more than the 6 months allotted and should require that the results be open to citizen review and comment.
Thank you for the opportunity to submit testimony.