Pros, Cons Of Online Gaming Weighed By Mass. Panel

Mar 11, 2014

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The panel overseeing the state's casino law is exploring the potential impacts should Internet gambling come to Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission held a daylong forum Tuesday on Internet gambling, which is currently legal in New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware.

Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby suggested that the Legislature not make any decisions on the legalization of online gambling until the panel completes the process of awarding casino licenses in Massachusetts.

State Senate Majority Leader Stanley Rosenberg said he didn't want to see Internet gambling have a negative impact on revenues from the state lottery or future resort casinos.

The Amherst Democrat, one of the chief legislative architects of the 2011 casino law, said lawmakers are looking for guidance from the commission on how to approach Internet gambling.

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