obbyists including state Senator John Bonacic, a Republican, say electronic games could add us$ 300 million to us$ 600 million in revenues for the state. “The bottom line is that it brings hundreds of millions of dollars to the state and doesn’t cost the state a dime,” says lobbyist Darren Dopp, whose client Louis Cappelli owns the Monticello Gaming & Raceway.
In the wake of billions in state budget cuts, much of it in education spending, the gambling bill could seem especially appealing to lawmakers. “We will consider it if it will help us raise some revenue," Governor David Paterson said. The inclusion of electronic table games would be a step in the right direction for lawmakers and racino operators who want a state constitutional amendment to allow live table games, according to the Times Herald-Record.
Such an amendment would have to be introduced at least 90 days before a November election and pass two legislatures, so the earliest it could happen is 2011.