Gov. Patrick Signs Bill Legalizing 3 Casinos, 1 Slots Parlor

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick has signed a bill legalizing casinos in Massachusetts that supporters say will create thousands of jobs while generating hundreds of millions in revenues.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Doug Cope reports.

Patrick first proposed legalizing casino gambling five years ago. He finally signed the measure Tuesday morning.

The new law is expected to spark a scramble for the licenses for the three casinos and one slots parlor envisioned by the bill.

Patrick’s signing of the bill shifts control over the process to an as-yet-unnamed five-member gaming commission, whose members will all make more than $100,000 a year.

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The commission will have the power to approve or deny licenses for the casinos and slots parlor.

The bill represents the largest expansion of gambling in Massachusetts since the creation of the state lottery in 1971.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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  1. emom says:

    OK that’s nice , BUT, how long before we see where they will be built and when they will be built. It will bring much needed revenue to this state and jobs. We will see a serge in tourism which can boost the local business and thus create a growth in jobs. I know there is fear as to what they will bring in as in crime. But look at the others and how well they are doing and how much business they are taking away from our state , We need something that will bring revenue and tourism , This will bring in many for a long time, plus the job market will be a huge plus.

  2. emom says:

    OK that’s nice, BUT, how long before we see where they will be built and when they will be built. It will bring much needed revenue to this state and jobs. We will see a serge in tourism which can boost the local business and thus create a growth in jobs. I know there is fear as to what they will bring in as in crime. But look at the others and how well they are doing and how much business they are taking away from our state , We need something that will bring revenue and tourism , This will bring in many for a long time, plus the job market will be a huge plus.

  3. Ellen says:

    I went to Twin Rivers a couple of times and all I could see were old people on walkers going through their social security money like theres no tomorrow.

    1. Italo says:

      But we don’t know those older customers personally, and among them may be ones who are using money they collect also from spousal or retirement pensions. If they wish to spend their money there, it’s a right they possess. I know what you mean, Ellen, but I’m trying to say that for those politicians and Mass. residents who do not support these casinos, at least there is the fact that individuals can choose to patronize or not to patronize them. It’s about time that Massachusetts got caught up here past the 18th century and joined the rest of the country in today’s economic realities.

    2. gramps says:

      Just 3 more ‘Adult Daycare’ facilities’, unless……

      If it’s not too late, introduce & pass a bill allowing @ least 1 ‘Sports Book’….

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sportsbook

      It’ll draw $$ & tourists from every State east of the Mississippi……&…..redirect CASH from ‘Organized Crime’ to the Commonwealth/Taxpayers.

      gramps

  4. My2Cents says:

    OK. So $500,000 ANNUALLY (in total) will be paid to those folks who will choose who gets the licenses. After that, will the state disolve those jobs and put that money to other jobs and trim some of the fat cats at the state house? Why would those jobs need to be “annual” anyway? Making that decision shouldn’t take long, nor a year’s worth of time. I’d work on that committee for half that and be done with it! GEEZ! ;-)

    1. RJ says:

      What;s NOT said by government officials is that THE place to find a job – is …. in Government ! Another bureaucracy had now been started. It’ll take a few years to make decisions, because … the longer it takes, the more those in control have power. I saw that with the AT&T breakup. Ed Markey would listen to the companies and then announce after 5 hours of hearings: ” We’ll take your testimony under consideration and reconvene in SIX months”. Why 6 months? Well for 6 months they all suck up to him, they meet again, and again… the longer they can stretch it out, the more power they have, the more campaign contibutions they receive… etc. This will need an oversight committee,right ?
      Remember when the Lottery was a small startup and all of the money went back to the cities and towns ? Ha ! And we believed them ! All of the revenues NEVER lowers taxes. It just gives them a bigger checkbook balance – to spend.

  5. Cioncern says:

    Shoebuy.com listed at goodsearch.com, igive.com – isearchigive.com, & fundraising-solutions.org .

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