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Senate approves commission to assess impact of gambling

July 18, 1996
Web posted at: 3:30 a.m. EDT

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Senate passed a bill Wednesday to set up a commission to study the impact of legal gambling. The two-year study would explore the relationship between gambling and crime, and assess gambling's impact on families and the economy.

The panel would have the power to subpoena documents and get written answers to its questions, but it would limit public disclosure of confidential information to safeguard privacy and protect trade secrets.

The House passed a similar bill in March establishing a gambling commission. House members are expected to approve the Senate bill, and send the legislation to President Clinton, who supports studying the rapid growth of the gambling industry and its consequences.

The nine-member study commission will be appointed by the president, House speaker and Senate majority leader. Every state but Utah and Hawaii allows some form of legal gambling.

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