BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate is set to resume debate on its casino gambling bill.

The Senate has spent two days wading through the bill’s 182 amendments and will start debate again Tuesday.

The Senate has already approved several changes to its version of the bill, including a one-year ban on lawmakers working in the gambling industry after leaving office. Another change bans councils on aging from using state funds for trips to out-of-state casinos once new gambling facilities open in Massachusetts.

The bill would license three resort-style casinos and one slots parlor in the state.

Supporters say casinos will bring much-needed revenue and jobs to Massachusetts, while critics say expanded gaming will create more social ills like crime and compulsive gambling.

The House has already passed its version of the bill.

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

  1. Cin An says:

    What debate? Anytime someone tries to openly discuss all the special interest give-aways in this lobbyist-written bill Senator Murray quickly whisks them off into “private session” only to emerge with the debate stopped and a quick vote to put the issue aside. How many pay-offs are taking place in those closed sessions to prevent restrictions on legislators cashing in or giving away 1/3 of the state to the Mashpee Wampanoag and their Malaysian financiers? As a result, a full 1/3 of any potential gaming in the state will go untaxed and unregulated – how can that possibly be in the best interest of the Commonwealth?

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