Massachusetts Senate passes sports betting bill; next step is reconciliation with House version

Massachusetts Senate passes sports betting bill; next step is reconciliation with House version

Article brief provided by State House News Service
  • Colin A. Young, State House News Service
April 28, 2022 11:07 PM
  • Colin A. Young, State House News Service

    After years of discussion and pressure from both inside and outside the State House, the Massachusetts Senate voted Thursday to legalize sports wagering here, but lawmakers will have to reconcile the many differences between the Senate’s bill and the one that passed the House last summer before any bets can be placed.

    Senate President Karen Spilka took heat in recent months, including from House Speaker Ronald Mariano, for seemingly slow-walking sports betting through the Senate. She said she wanted to ensure that there was consensus around any legislation she brought to the floor and it appears she secured some kind of understanding: senators unanimously agreed to let the bill (S 2844) pass on a voice vote, meaning that senators were not called to individually vote ‘yes’ or ‘no.’