Casino gambling is back on the table in Beacon Hill, but don't bet on a bill passing anytime soon. While the odds are better that a casino gambling bill will make its way through the Legislature, House Speaker Robert DeLeo said it would not happen this year.
"To say that we'll have a bill on the governor's desk by the end of this year, I think will be a difficult task," DeLeo said after a leadership meeting with Senate President Therese Murray and Gov. Deval Patrick on Monday.
However, DeLeo said he wants issues such as how many casinos, where they would go and how they would be taxed hammered out soon. He said he expects that to happen when hearings on gaming begin next month.
Both DeLeo and Murray seemed confident that a gambling bill would land on the governor's desk next year. Murray said it would be one of the first issues the Senate takes up in early 2010.
This program aired on September 29, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.