On Wednesday the House overwhelmingly passed a bill that would allow casino gambling in Massachusetts. Both of Southborough’s representatives were among only 32 legislators to oppose the measure.
Representatives Carolyn Dykema (D-Holliston) who represents Southborough precincts 2 and 3, and Steven Levy (R-Marlborough), who represents Southborough precinct 1, both voted against the casino bill which passed by a vote of 123-32.
The bill authorizes three resort-style casinos spread across three regions of the state and one slot parlor to be bid competitively.
“I have long had concerns about the wisdom of expanded gambling in Massachusetts and its net result for the residents of the Commonwealth and I know these concerns are shared by my constituents.” Dykema said yesterday. “During the debate, I did everything within my power to ensure that towns potentially impacted by casinos, including those that I represent, would have a true seat at the table when it comes to siting these facilities.”
The bill now moves on to the Senate where it will again be debated. If passed, should the House and Senate bills contain any differences, the differences will be mediated by a committee of conference before heading to the Governor’s desk for his signature.
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