Mass. legislators to tackle gaming in September
DeLeo, Murray and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick had met earlier this month to outline the terms of a gaming bill, which was blamed for crowding out other legislation when it was considered last year. DeLeo had gone on the record hoping that a bill would be ready for the Governor’s signature this month, but the legislative leaders as well as the Governor have apparently opted for a more deliberate approach. The delay will “allow for public analysis and a full debate,’’ according to the statement, which recognized gaming’s potential to create jobs and raise revenue.
Last July, the legislature passed a bill that would have legalized three casinos and two slot parlors, to be bid on by the state's four racetracks, a provision that Patrick rejected in favor of an open bidding process. He asked lawmakers to vote on a bill with three casino licenses and no racetrack slots, but the measure was never considered.