STATE HOUSE – The Rhode Island Special House Commission to Study Gaming has announced its meeting schedule for the next month, which will draw one of Las Vegas’s biggest movers and shakers into Little Rhody.
Sheldon G. Adelson, chairman of the board of Las Vegas Sands, Inc., the parent company of the Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas, will address the commission’s first regular meeting of the new year on Wednesday, Jan. 15.
The hearing will begin at 5 p.m. in Room 35 of the State House.
Adelson, 69, grew up in the Dorchester section of Boston. In 2002, he ranked number 139 on Forbes Magazine’s list of the 400 Richest Americans.
The $1.5 billion Venetian-Resort-Hotel-Casino opened in 1999, after the Sands Hotel was imploded to make way for the new building. The resort features a reproduction of Venice’s Grand Canal, a spa/health club and a 500,000-square-foot indoor retail mall.
The additional meeting dates are as follows, according to Rep. Paul V. Sherlock (D-Dist. 20), who along with Rep. Gordon D. Fox (D-Dist. 4) co-chairs the commission:
<li>January 22 – Speaker: Allan Rachles, an accounting/economic expert with respect to the gaming industry.</li>
<li>January 29 – Speaker: Lance deHaven-Smith, Ph.D., former executive director of the National Public Sector Gaming Study Commission, which evaluated state and federal policy in regards to gambling.</li>
<li>February 12 – Speaker: William R. Eadington, Ph.D., professor of economics and director of the Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming, University of Nevada, Reno.</li>
All hearings will be held at 5 p.m. in Room 35 of the State House.
In addition to its regularly scheduled hearings, the commission is also holding public hearings in each of Rhode Island’s five counties.
All meetings will be cablecast live over cable television (Interconnect C -- Channel 23 on Cox Communications) by Capitol Television, the cable television unit of the Rhode Island General Assembly. For cable viewers of Full Channel TV, Interconnect C is Channel 50.