Many regulators are urging the legislators to tweak the 2011 gambling laws so that the state does not end up losing on precious revenue opportunities in the wake of a blooming gambling industry.
Gaming Commission chairman, Stephan Crosby emphasised particularly on the law where operators authorised three casinos and a slot parlour have to stop a gambling machine transaction once a gambler wins $600.
The gambler will be allowed to use that machine again only once the casino or a slot employee has collected 5%, and details like name and address.
Crosby was of the opinion that this limit needs to be increased, and is supported by the gambling industry of the state. Unless the law is reviewed, the state could stand to lose millions of dollars in this business.
“That’s one of the reasons I brought it up now, because the time is short, because they have to program their machines,” Crosby said. He added that, “The machines have to be programmed to do something, whatever it is that the policy is going to require.”
When Crosby mentioned that time is short, he meant it in the context of the first slot machine parlour slated to open in the state in five months. The Penn National Gaming slot parlour is scheduled to open on June 30, which is why the industry is pushing for speeding up on changing the policy.
There could be good news in store for not just Crosby, but also the entire gambling fraternity of Massachusetts, as on January 22, Maura Healey took over the post of Attorney General and said that that she will order a “strict interpretation” of the gaming laws, specially the 2011 Expanded Gaming Act.
Though the Legislature has in past, revisited many major laws and introduced amendments to it, lawmakers are surprisingly queasy about debating the Expanded Gaming Act.
One of her agendas are opening up ATMs at casinos and making sure laws are friendly for consumers as well as the operators.
Apart from the slot parlour, two resort casinos are also set to open in the state — in Everett and Springfield — in coming years. However, the Gaming Commission is grappling many legal issues on this front as well, from none other than the Boston mayor.