Massachusetts: Senate to renew casino debate for 2nd day

Massachusetts senators are set to resume debate on a casino gambling bill after making their way through 60 of 186 proposed amendments.

One of the changes approved during Monday’s debate would require gaming license applicants to check the immigration status of all employees and contractor employees through the Department of Homeland Security.

Senators also backed an amendment prohibiting councils on aging from using state funds to sponsor trips to out-of-state casinos once new gambling facilities are established in Massachusetts. They rejected an amendment to require the state to study the possible downsides of casino gambling.

The Senate is expected to renew debate on Tuesday, although a final vote may not come until next week.

The House overwhelmingly approved a casino bill earlier this month.

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