The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is particularly interested to see what comes of an amendment the House added to its betting bill that would allow slot machines in venues other than the state’s three licensed gaming facilities. With less than six months left for the Legislature to debate controversial topics this session and sports betting high on the watch list, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission is particularly interested to see what comes of an amendment the House added to its betting bill that would allow slot machines in venues other than the state’s three licensed gaming facilities.
Crystal Howard, the commission’s chief administrative officer, and special projects manager briefed commissioners on the status of a few bills that the regulators have been watching, including a remote meeting extension (included in H 4430, which the governor has said he will sign) and a bill (S 2535) that would establish a new state racing board (extended until June 1).
She also stated that the commission is keeping an eye out for any movement on sports betting, which has been stalled in the Legislature after the House voted decisively to allow it in July. A similar Senate measure has been waiting before the Senate Ways and Means Committee for months, and Senate leaders have clarified that they are not in a hurry to make sports betting legal in Massachusetts if they choose to do so at all. The House also approved an amendment to the sports betting bill that, according to Howard, would add “a lot of complexity” to the work of the Gaming Commission.
In July, the House of Representatives adopted revisions to the Sports Betting Bill:
During last July’s review of the Sports Betting Bill, the House of Representatives passed the amendment, which was reported by Rep. Paul McMurtry of Dedham, without discussion, but it appears to direct the Gambling Commission to propose and publish regulations to make it happen, including the registration process. As well as comprehensive standards Commissioner Brad Hill, who voted in favor of the sports betting bill in the House of Commons last summer as a representative, said on Thursday that he does not expect the slot machines to be approved.
If the governor signs a sports betting bill, there will gamble for veterans. “I think it’s safe to say, Commissioner O’Brien, and I don’t want to speak for the Legislature, but there are a lot of questions because the language isn’t as excellent as it could be.” So, while they’re discussing it, I’m not convinced it’s ready for prime time “he stated And I’d suggest that when we see a bill, it’ll probably exclude veterans for the time being because it’s a tough issue, and it’ll put our personnel in a position to oversee something that can be difficult for them.”
“I believe it is safe to say, Commissioner O’Brien, and I don’t want to speak for the Legislature, but there are many questions because the language isn’t as good as it could be.” So, while they’re talking about it, I’m not sure it’s ready for prime time “he declared “And I believe that if a measure is introduced, it will most likely exclude veterans for the time being because it is a difficult subject to address, and it will put our personnel in a position to oversee something that can be challenging for them.”