It looks like casinos, and possibly slot machines, are on their way to bay state after all. Yesterday, the Massachusetts House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed, 120-37, a bill which will allow the construction of two resort casinos as well as install slot machines at the racetracks. Though House Speaker Robert DeLeo appears to be optimistic about the success of the bill, chances are that he will face at least some opposition on the issue of slot machines.
Any opposition to the slots is likely to come from the Senate as well as Governor Patrick. This is evidenced by statements from the Governor as well as some Senators. As the Senate works on its own gambling bill, it plans to hold round table discussions as well as a public hearing.