Jon Keller is reporting that the conference committee reconciling the gambling bills of the House and Senate has encountered some heavy turbulence. Some reports indicate that the Senate has rejected a House proposal that would license two racetracks (instead of four) for slots on a competitive basis and license three resort style casinos, with the locations to be determined by a State Gaming Commission. The Senate appears to be prepared to license one location for slots on a competitive basis, with no guarantee that it would go to a track. Reports indicate that the Senate proposal would bring 750 slot machines to the one licensed site, while the House proposal would still bring 3000 slot machines to two racetracks. The Speaker’s original proposal calls for 3000 slots, to be given on a no bid basis, to four racetracks. It also appears clear that the House side is doing the leaking on the apparent stalemate. More to come, with the Governor’s hand strengthening with every day that goes by.
Read the Globe story here.
See the Jon Keller report here.