As two sports-betting bills continue to languish in the Massachusetts legislature since their introduction in January, lawmakers are being forced to consider the measures due to competition from New Hampshire and Rhode Island.
But any vote on sports betting will not happen until well into 2020, as state lawmakers are distracted by bigger, more high-profile issues, including transportation spending, and a long track record of moving slowly when it comes to gaming legislation, industry insiders say.
All eyes are now on what the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies does next after holding a series of public hearings earlier this year.
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