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Massachusetts To Begin Study Of Online Gambling

Legislation Could Be Introduced In 2017

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The Bay State will begin this week looking at whether it should allow online casino-style games. The study is intended to produce legislation next year.

State House News Service reported that the Special Commission on Online Gaming, Fantasy Sports Gaming and Daily Fantasy Sports will meet Monday in Boston.

The commission was formed thanks to legislation signed by Governor Charlie Baker in August. The commission will be spearheaded by leaders of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies.

The group has until August to complete its report and form a legislative recommendation. By law, the group can’t tackle the issue of online lottery sales.

Separate online lotto legislation is expected next year.

Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby is on the online gaming panel, and he has already signaled his support for an “omnibus regulatory bill” to legalize daily fantasy sports and online poker.

Other states considering online gaming are Pennsylvania, Michigan, California and New York.