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Report: Effort Underway To Clarify Casino ATM Placement

A state lawmaker wants to clarify where banks can place ATMs in the state's newly-licensed casinos.

The Boston Globe reports that state Sen. Stephen Brewer has proposed a measure that would ban banks from situating automated teller machines on the gambling floor, but allow them elsewhere in casinos.

The thinking is that if gamblers have to leave the floor to access an ATM, it would give them time to consider whether they want to risk more money.

The Barre Democrat also wants to even the playing field for state-charted and federally-chartered banks.

One interpretation of current law is that state-chartered bank ATMs are prohibited from casinos, while federally chartered banks are not.

The state has authorized full casinos in Everett and Springfield, and a slots parlor in Plainville.

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