Yesterday, members of the House and Senate conference committee reached an agreement on a gambling bill for 3 casinos and slots at 2 of the State’s race tracks.
In other news, Wonderland and Suffolk Downs have decided to combine operations and bid for a single casino licence – ironically leaving only Plainridge and Raynham to “bid” for the remaining 2 “competetive” racino licences.
Governor Patrick, meanwhile, insists he can’t sign the bill as it is now, preferring to reserve executive outrage for additional 750 slot machines, rather than the crime, addiction, corruption, tribal casinos, growth in government, reduction in the lottery, social harm and other collateral damage that any expanded gambling bill would cause.
Bill as it stands would result in a total of seven gambling establishments – three commercial casinos, two commercial slot parlors, and at minimum, 2 tribal casinos – to be controlled “through regulation” – two of which will be exempt from local and state law, in a State ranked seventh smallest in the U.S.
As the session comes to a close the remainder of the State legislature appears anxious to head off on their 5-month paid vacation, with a majority professing complete confidence in number of lifeboats.