Massachusetts Casino Debate Reignited By Referendum Talk

In a surprising shift, the top casino foe in Massachusetts is now calling for a statewide vote this fall on the issue. House Speaker Sal DiMasi’s proposal is expected to revive the debate in the Bay State, one of the last major US states without casinos, over expanded gambling. The powerful legislative leader, who inflicted a devastating defeat barely two months ago on a high-profile bill that would have legalized a trio of giant casino resorts, said Wednesday he is interested in putting a nonbinding referendum on the state ballot for this November.

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