Despite the persistent efforts of Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo, the racetracks of Massachusetts do not seem any closer to getting slot machines. It has been an ongoing debate as the state moves closer to gambling expansion. One thing that both houses of the state legislature and Governor Deval Patrick can agree on is that the state should proceed with constructing commercial casino resorts. The commercial casinos will not just be slots parlors; they will be full service casinos with table games. However, Speaker DeLeo has been trying desperately to get slot machines to also operate at the state racetracks as a means of keeping them in business and preserving the jobs that the currently offer.
It coming down to the wire as a six member committee is trying desperately to create a unified bill that can be presented to Governor Deval Patrick. Both the House of Representatives and the Senate have passed separate bills that would expand gambling in the state. The main differences between the two is that the Senate bill suggests building a tribal casino and the House bill suggest the operation of hundreds of slot machines at each of the state’s four racing venues. The committee is trying its best to present a bill that Governor Patrick will feel comfortable signing and doing so before the end of the month. However, as the sand runs out of the hour glass, it does not appear the Speaker DeLeo is ready to give up on his ambition. Even if it means the state never finds a common ground in these very important negotiations.