As debate over the casino bill continues in the Massachusetts Senate, several amendments have passed including one that bans smoking throughout the entire casino. Partial-floor bans were also debated but did not have enough support. Another amendment that passed would lower the requirement for local approvals, as local approval would only be needed via a referendum from voters at the ward level where the casino would be located, rather than the entire city.
While support appears to be building for passage of the Senate bill, it differs from the House version in the scope and type of gaming allowed. The Senate would allow three standalone full-fledged casinos and no slots at existing racetracks. The House version includes two standalone casinos and 750 slots at each of the state’s four racetracks. Both the House and Senate bills do agree on a 25 percent tax rate on gross gaming revenue.
Massachusetts Senate wants smoking ban at casinos
July 1, 2010