Blogs by Rep Bob Lynn

Blog site of Representative Bob Lynn, Alaska House of Representatives,District 31 Anchorage, Alaska. Blogs consist of public comments during legislative sessions, speeches, political commentary, as well as personal observations, and some journal type entries. Comments are invited.

Location: Anchorage, Alaska, United States

Member of the Alaska State House of Represeentatives since 2003. US Air Force, Retired; military bandsman; F94C interceptor pilot; Vietnam service as radar controller (Monkey Mountain), radar site commander(Pleiku); Government Contract Management; Public school Teacher, Retired. Married 55 years to Marlene Wagner Lynn, 6 children, 20 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild. Member St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Church. Former Tucson Arizona policeman, Ambulance Driver and Mortician's Assistant, Realtor (currently on referral status).

Saturday, May 01, 2004

Casino Bill: May 1, 2004

A bill to permit a casino at the deserted fish proscesing plant on Rasberry Road came to the House floor for a vote. The following is my floor speech
Mr. Speaker:

This bill addresses a very very important policy issue. There are huge divisions of opinions on the issue of casino gambling for Alaska. I personally don’t feel I have all the information needed to make a truly informed decision to push either the red or green button. I think others in this body feel the same way.

If there ever was an issue that deserves a thorough analysis in committee, it is the casino issue. We’ve had committee hearings on rat racing, committee hearings on whether ski operators should be able to give tickets to skiers, and committee hearings on name various weeks of the year to honor various issues and viewpoints. This casino bill certainly deserves no less.

Regardless of which side of the casino issue you may think you’re on at this point, this is a major, major policy issue for Alaska, whether we vote for or against casinos.

With those thoughts in mind, I hereby make a motion, to refer the bill to the House Labor and Finance Committee. based on Rules of Procedure: and Mason’s Manual: and respectfully ask for a vote of the body on the motion.
The Speaker called an "At ease." After controversy, the House came back to order, and the amendment failed. The Casino bill passed, but never made it into law.


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