The House Finance Committee has approved legislation that would allow Twin River Casino to build a hotel on its Lincoln property.
Committee members unanimously voted to approve the bill Tuesday. President and CEO of Twin River Management Group George Papanier has said building the hotel would create approximately 200 temporary construction jobs and 100 full-time jobs.
State Rep. Jeremiah O'Grady introduced the legislation to lift a ban on building a hotel at the casino. The restriction was originally put in place to satisfy Providence hotel owners concerned about competition.
But Twin River now faces competition of its own with licenses for three gambling facilities approved in neighboring Massachusetts.
The full house will vote on the bill Thursday before it goes to the Senate.