Mass. Senate Nixes Slot Machines At Logan Airport

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BOSTON (AP) — Travelers at Logan Airport won’t get a chance to try their luck at slot machines while waiting for their flight.

The Massachusetts Senate on Tuesday rejected a proposed amendment to a casino gambling bill which would have allowed slot machines at the airport.

The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Marc Pacheco, a Taunton Democrat, argued the measure would have allowed the state to boost gambling revenues by targeting tourists and other visitors to the state.

But critics said it would dilute the concentration of slot machines at the three casinos and one slots parlor to be created by the bill.

The amendment was one of 182 proposed amendments to the casino bill.

The Senate ended a second day of debate and is expected to take up the legislation against next Tuesday.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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