Patrick Claims Gambling Issue Not Dead In Massachusetts
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Governor Deval Patrick wants to bring casino gambling to the state of Massachusetts. He claims that it would bring necessary help to the budget deficit in the state.
A proposal that he unveiled to legislators to bring the legalized form of gambling to the state was met with resistance. Legislators said no to the proposal, leaving the issue for dead.
Patrick claims, however, that the issue will resurface, and that eventually legalized casino gambling will make its way to Massachusetts. Some believe he is hopeful that when opposition leader Salvatore DiMasi, Speaker of the House, departs, the Bill will once again move forward.
Patrick has different reasons for believing the issue will be resurrected. He claims that the financial troubles will force something to be done to raise money for the state.
He also believes that the efforts of the Wampanoag Indians to build a casino of their own, will force lawmakers to consider getting in on the action before it is too late.
DiMasi was the leader against Duval’s plan, which would have legalized casino gambling at three locations throughout the state.
Gambling Machines Confiscated In Texas, Charges Could Follow
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The state of Texas is leading the way when it comes to cracking down on illegal gambling machines. The state has made several busts in the last few months, and is continuing its efforts to stop the illegal gambling.
At the center of the police’s attention this time were five local convenience stores and a game room. Police had been investigating the rooms before they raided the establishments.
“We sent people in undercover to play the games,” said Richmond Police Sgt. Lowell Neinast. He claims the undercover operation was to find out if people were receiving any rewards when they won on the machines.
They found that store owners were paying out winners with cash, or with prizes worth more than $5. State law says that prizes cannot be awarded that are worth more than $5.
Forty five machines were confiscated after search warrants were issued. The machines were taken from, Stop N Save, Speedy Express, Texas Super Food, Corner food Mart, Richmond Exxon, and a game room in a strip center.
Charges have not yet been filed, but the owners of the locations where the machines were taken from will be the most likely people charged. Operating gambling facilities would be the likely charges.