State House: Mass. lawmakers OK 3 casino, 1 slots parlor bill

Massachusetts lawmakers have approved a compromise of a bill designed to license up to three resort-style casinos and a single slots parlor.

The House voted 118-to-33 Tuesday afternoon to accept the final version of the bill. The Senate quickly followed, approving the bill on a 23-14 vote.

Each chamber must take a final procedural vote Tuesday before shipping the bill to Gov. Deval Patrick’s desk.

Patrick said he’s still reviewing the bill, but it appears to be something he could support.

The final bill drops a Senate amendment that could have eased restrictions on happy hours at bars and restaurants. The bill would allow casinos to offer free drinks on the gaming floor.

It also bars state lawmakers and officials from working in the casino industry for at least one year after leaving office.

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