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Posted: Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 11:00 AM HST

Hawaii County Council rejects high-stakes bingo

By Associated Press

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) The Hawaii County Council has rejected a resolution that would allow high-stakes bingo.

West Hawaii Today reports the council voted 7-2 Wednesday to strike the bingo resolution from a list to the Hawaii State Association of Counties for presentation to the state Legislature.

Councilmembers opposed to the idea say it would lead to increased crime and other problems.

Those who support it say the county needs to look for ways to raise revenue. Kohala Councilwoman Margaret Wille says bingo pots generally don't go higher than $2,500 and the activity centers around socialization.

She says bingo isn't the same as casino gambling but other councilmembers disagree.

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