|In America, proposed legislation from Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick for the construction of three resort casinos in the state was defeated late last week.|
The Massachusetts House of Representatives rejected the Governor’s proposal, which would have also criminalized online gambling, by a vote of 108 to 46 with analysts stating that Patrick has suffered an embarrassing defeat in his first major legislative initiative.
'Patrick is the big loser here in the sense that politically he really needed a victory,' said Thomas Whalen, a professor of social science at Boston University, in a piece for the Christian Science Monitor newspaper.
'He comes across here as being a real amateur. This was his first big test as a Governor and, frankly, he failed it.'
David Schwartz, Director of the Center for Gaming Research at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas stated that casino proponents were put off by the bill’s provision banning online gambling as they saw this as the State attempting to create a monopoly. In addition, he said the bill should have been a more general attempt to create rules and regulations for in-state gambling rather than a specific outline for three casinos.
Despite the defeat, Governor Patrick is continuing with a study into his now defunct plan that could cost taxpayers $189,000. Daniel O'Connell, State Economic Development Secretary for Massachusetts, released a statement confirming that his office will allow Spectrum Gaming of New Jersey to complete the final two months of a three-month contract even though it has yet to bill for any work.
'We have been encouraged by our colleagues in the Legislature to obtain a credible and objective analysis of the impact of expanded gambling in the Commonwealth,' the statement read.
'We believe the outcome of this analysis will prove valuable for future public policy decisions.'