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April 23, 2004

Alaska considers Anchorage casino

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A bill that could allow a gambling casino in Anchorage has passed the state House Finance Committee.

The bill, sponsored by the committee, would set up a state gambling commission with the power to allow a single casino in Anchorage.

The bill was the idea of Perry Green, a well-known Anchorage furrier and poker player, who proposes to turn the failed state-owned Anchorage Seafood International plant into a casino.

Green has employed some of the top lobbyists at the Capitol to push the measure, which he describes as a way to create jobs and provide tax revenue to the state and city.

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