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Nevada may lower gambling age to 18

Nevada may lower gambling age to 18

By Randall Jeppesen | Posted - Nov. 11, 2008 at 5:33 p.m.



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The downturn in the economy has some in Nevada pondering the idea of lowering the state's legal gambling age.

The idea of lowering the Nevada gambling age from 21 to 18 was brought up at a gaming law conference.

Some are saying it would bring the state a windfall of new business and, in turn, tax revenue during these financially tight times. But Carl Bechtold, with the National Coalition Against Legalized Gambling, doesn't like the idea at all.

"Among the people that are most vulnerable, are young people," he said.

Bechtold, who lives in Utah, says our neighboring state is promoting predators. "For the state to be funding itself on gambling, on its most vulnerable and most ill people, is absurd," he said.

For Nevada to lower the gambling age, the law would have to be passed through their state legislature and signed by their governor.

E-mail: rjeppesen@ksl.com

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