Mass. Gaming Commission asking lawmakers to delay move

Apr 23, 2012 7:01 PM

They’re just into their second meeting but already the Massachusetts Gaming Commission has found meeting a deadline involving horse racing will be difficult. The members are asking lawmakers to delay the move.

Under the existing law, the Commission was to take over the regulation of horse racing and simulcasting by May 20. That would be in addition to granting casino licenses and overseeing their operations.

Commission Chairman Steven Crosby said he felt the delay wouldn’t hurt anything while requiring the racing takeover would add to the group’s responsibilities.

A delay would require legislative action.

Meanwhile, the members noted that in addition to selecting casino licensees they must also keep a close eye on the potential approval of Internet gambling and the manner in which to handle tribal gaming.