For the third time in his career, Massachusetts state Senator Bruce Tarr is attempting to legalize and regulate online gambling in his home state by introducing a bill that would do just that.
Tarr has tried to do this twice before, with attempts in 2013 and 2015 failing to gain the traction needed to get anywhere. His newest attempt is officially named SD.618 "An Act Relative to Gaming".
The bill is relatively short, with the entire text reading:
"Section 1- There is hereby established and set up on the books of the Commonwealth a fund to be known as the "Priority Expense Fund", in which shall be deposited all of the proceeds from the internet gaming, so-called, as authorized by Section 2 of this act, together with any sums appropriated from time to time by the General Court, and any funds obtained by grants, gifts or other means.
Section 2- Chapter 23K of the general laws is hereby amended by adding the following new section
Section 2A- Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, a gaming license pursuant to Chapter 23K of the general laws may also be licensed, subject to the other provisions of said chapter and such other rules and regulations as the commission may establish, to conduct gaming operations via the internet, provided that such operations do not include or reflect gaming mechanisms operated by the state lottery program of those simulating or resembling slot machines, so-called, provided that such license obtains an Internet Gaming License pursuant to this section. An applicant for an Internet Gaming License shall conform to all other relevant provisions of this chapter."
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