Massachusetts: Senate reveals gaming bill, debate set for Sept 26th

The Massachusetts Senate has released its version of a gambling bill licensing three casinos and slots parlor in the state.

The Senate Ways and Means committee released the bill during an informal legislative session Friday that broadly mirrors a bill the House approved Wednesday.

The bill establishes the same licensing process, tax rates, and revenue distribution as the House version. One notable change increases the application fee for a casino to $400,000 from $350,000. That $50,000 bump covers negotiation costs for communities hosting casinos.

Senate President Therese Murray talks with WATD’s David Skill
the day after a house vote that advanced casino gambling legislation
to the State Senate.

Senate lawmakers have until Wednesday to file amendments and debate is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 26th.

Earlier this year the Senate adopted a rule requiring 10 days between the release of any gaming legislation and debate to allow lawmakers and the public to study the bill.

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