Lawmakers to assess impact of casinos on surrounding communities

Lawmakers will meet with members of council on compulsive gambling

Photo Courtesy: MGNonline
Photo Courtesy: MGNonline

BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – MGM Springfield plans to open their casino in September 2018. Under the state’s expanded gaming law, lawmakers must examine the impacts that opening could have on the community.

On Wednesday, state lawmakers and members from the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling with gather at the State House for an informational briefing. The panel will hear from researchers from the UMass School Of Public Health about the impacts of casinos, both positive and negative, which could include the risk of people developing a gambling addiction.

The two-hour long discussion is an opportunity for lawmakers to learn how gambling affects the Massachusetts economy. Former Governor Deval Patrick signed a law in 2011 to allow for three resort casinos and one slots parlor as a way to create more jobs. There’s currently a ballot question that would pave the way for a second slots parlor in Massachusetts.

22News will be speaking with lawmakers about gambling, and will bring you that story on 22News start at 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

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