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Boats in Moats Supporters Could Have a New Argument

April 6, 1998
By: Missy Shelton
State Capital Bureau

Something positive for boats in moats might have come out of the weekend gambling boat collision.

Missy Shelton has the latest from Jefferson City.

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Three barges crashed into a St Louis gambling boat on the Mississippi River this weekend.

But this accident has a meaning deeper than the river itself.

It could mean a new argument for keeping boats in moats.

Harry Wiggins is chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

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Contents: [225K WAV file - Harry Wiggins] Harry Wiggins said a boat in a moat floats in river water but isn't in the moving river. They wouldn't break loose and go anywhere yet they're in river water. They meet the criteria of the law.

But legislative opinion doesn't matter that much since a petition campaign by the gambling industry will try to put the issue before voters.

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A collision this weekend on the Mississippi River involving a gambling boat could mean a new argument for boats in moats.

Missy Shelton has more from Jefferson City.

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People aboard the Admirial, a floating casino on the Mississippi River, got a jolt this weekend when a barge plowed into the side of the casino.

Those who want to end the boats in moats may have a new argument to deal with from the gambling industry...the argument that boats in moats would be safer in light of this accident.

Harry Wiggins said there are other possibilities for accidents when casinos are floating on the river.

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Contents: [144K WAV file - Harry Wiggins] Harry Wiggins said boats floating on the river could get loose and float down the river.

The gambling industry is conducting a petition campaign to legalize boats in moats, making legislative opinion somewhat irrelevant.

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