Mississippi lawmakers convene post-Katrina special session - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Mississippi lawmakers convene post-Katrina special session

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi legislators have convened a special session to handle Hurricane Katrina recovery issues, including a proposal to let casinos move on shore.

Governor Haley Barbour is proposing to let coast casinos build on or near the shore as long as they still have facilities touching water.

Most of the state's 13 coast casinos were heavily damaged when Katrina blew ashore August 29th. The hurricane's powerful winds and storm surge tossed some of the massive gambling barges ashore and ripped away walls of others, exposing twisted metal skeletons.

The state legalized casinos in 1990 but restricted them to the waters of the Mississippi River or the Gulf of Mexico.

Religious groups including the Mississippi Baptist Convention and the American Family Association are lobbying against any change in state casino laws.

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