BOSTON (AP) — The debate over legalizing casinos is gearing up again on Beacon Hill.

Massachusetts lawmakers are holding a public hearing Wednesday on more than a dozen gambling-related bills.

Supporters see a chance to push the reset button on a debate that has repeatedly stalled out — including last year’s failure by Gov. Deval Patrick and House Speaker Robert DeLeo to bridge differences over allowing slot machines at the state’s racetracks.

Casino foes are hoping DeLeo and Patrick again come to loggerheads. They say casinos are bad news for the state and aren’t worth the short-term infusion of revenue into Massachusetts coffers.

Patrick is also sounding increasingly ambivalent. He said that while he and DeLeo are talking, casinos are no longer one of his top priorities.

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Comments (2)
  1. emom says:

    RIGHT and what do we call scratch ticketskeno bingo and the paper instant tickets,,,,, DUH……………………… GAMBLING… cause you gambling your money to have the chance of winning it big……………………. At this point what is the difference,,,, If someone wants to sit and slip nickels into a slot and pull a handle Just listen to the bells,,,or drop a $10, $20 or a $100 down for the other stuff……….. nickels to dollars,, whats the difference………… its all gambling either way you look at it,,, Both bring in revenue…..and good or bad,,, neither is different from the other,, gambling with money

  2. eddwal50 says:

    lready have the lottery its all about protecting the dam lottery when will the state set up a semi private commission and set up a state run casino think of all the hacks they could have in a casino

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