Proponents of legal online gambling in Massachusetts took another shot at regulating the activity last week, only to be rebuffed by the state legislature.
S.1826 sought to insert language into H.3535 that would allow the state to issue Internet gambling licenses.
According to the legislative record, Tarr’s amendment was rejected on July 18th.
Tarr’s bid to attach online gambling regulations to the transportation finance bill comes only two months after a group of GOP State Senators – including Tarr – attempted a similar maneuver with the Senate version of Massachusetts’ annual budget bill.
And the Senate push came directly on the heels of a failed attempt by several Massachusetts Representatives to attach online poker regulation to the House version of the state budget.
The language of S.1826 echoes the outlines of Tarr’s earlier attempt, but is distinct from the House proposal.
Some key points of Tarr’s proposed regulatory framework: