The minimum age to gamble in Rhode Island is currently 18, but with the help of a freshmen state lawmaker many are hoping to get it raised to 21 when the bill is introduced in the General Assembly next week.
When asked about why she wanted to get the minimum gambling age raised she stated that her goal was to help teens avoid becoming addicted to gambling and to stop them from losing all their money.
"It's just a vice that might be with them for a long time," Fellela, who has 4 children of her own, said Tuesday. "I think it's a way of protecting them a little bit longer."
The new bill would change the required age to gamble in all of the states licensed gambling parlors from 18 to 21, which would also include buying lottery tickets, racetracks and for playing keno.
A spokesman for the House Speaker said the same bill came was brought up 5 years ago, but it failed to pass. The new bill will be officially introduced next week and would then be assigned to a committee for further consideration.
Messages left at the states gambling parlors were not returned, and the Rhode Island said they do not have a position on this bill, according to their spokesperson.
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