Expanding Gaming:Legislation is Taking Shape on Beacon Hill

July 20, 2011
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House Speaker Robert DeLeo has announced that he is planning to have an expanded gambling bill on the governor’s desk for his signature in September.

He made this announcement at the annual legislative luncheon in Winthrop, which was held by the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce earlier this week.

His unambiguous remarks are a reflection of the shared interest both he and the governor are exhibiting on the expanded gambling legislation, which is the precursor to casino gambling.

Speaker DeLeo was accompanied by State Senator Anthony Petruccelli who said he believed the state senate will likely sign off on the legislation as well.

The governor and DeLeo are believed to be working closely together on the bill and its wording so that when it reaches his desk for his signature there will be no doubt he will sign it.

For Revere and East Boston and for all our surrounding cities and towns, this comes as great news because a casino at Suffolk Downs would create thousands of jobs, and hundreds of millions of dollars of private capital investment and when it is up and running, a new revenue stream for the state which will return a portion of it to the host cities of Revere and East Boston.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

  • http://twitter.com/WampaLeaks WampaLeaks

    The only way to get needed revenue, local investment and jobs fast will be a “clean” bill, free from special
    interest carve-outs like the proposed tribal preference for Indian gaming.  Such elements will serve to ensure litigation, regulation
    and administrative delays for years before a shovel will get put in the ground.  They also mean less money for the state and loss of local autonomy on zoning and law enforcement.  Big money backers of the Indian gaming groups and the slot machine
    manufacturers who benefit more from these special interest (and tax-exempt)
    operations are willing to wait for their pay-out, but the people who need jobs
    now shouldn’t.

  • Rushtalks

    Great news for the area. well done Senator Petruccelli and Speaker DeLeo
    when Governor Patrick signs, its a plus for the City of Revere and Boston.
    The only losers here are foxwood and Mohegan suns. Lets get it done,
    bring in the backhoes and the shovels.
    Thanks
     Rushtalks

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