Massachusetts Lawmakers Begin Preparations For Gambling Talks
Massachusetts has Governor Duval Patrick that ran his campaign on a gambling platform. The governor, however, has not yet convinced fellow lawmakers that casino gambling would be good for the state and its residents.
In the Fall, Patrick will once again have the opportunity to sway other politicians. Preliminary discussions have begun and lawmakers are preparing for a full group of discussions later in the year. Those discussions could lead to some new gambling laws in Massachusetts.
"Lots and lots of meetings going on, and lots of discussions in the preparatory stage for what looks like the real debate," said Senator Stanley Rosenberg, to The Boston Globe, "We've had some good run-ups to this, but this is where the rubber is really going to meet the track."
All of the pieces are in place for a strong run at legalized casino gambling. The governor, Senate President Therese Murray, and House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo are all in favor of changing the current gambling laws. Whether they can convince their respective chambers will be seen in the Fall.
Governor Patrick had a major improvement in his chances to change the gambling laws when former House Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi left office earlier this year. He was replaced by DeLeo, giving instant credibility to those who believe the laws will soon be changed.
The people of Massachusetts appear ready for the laws to change. They voted Patrick into office after he ran a campaign that was heavily focused on gambling expansion. The governor ran into opposition when he first tried to change the laws, but should have an easier sell this time around.
August 24, 2009
Posted By Terry Goodwin
Staff Editor, CasinoGamblingWeb.com
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