City residents rejected a ballot question last November that would’ve allowed table games at Newport Grand. The vote followed months of heated debate, with supporters saying the expansion would create hundreds of jobs and opponents arguing it would negatively impact the community.
Citizens Against Casino Gambling, a nonprofit who provided much of the backlash against the addition of table games, issued a statement Wednesday in response to the proposed sale.
“We note that Twin River Management Group stated they will not pursue a ballot measure in the 2016 election cycle. However, we will remain active and engaged to ensure that they honor their pledge to our community,” said President Liz Taber. “We will also continue to work to promote policies to help small businesses and support sustainable economic development projects.”