Senate President Stanley Rosenberg has reacted adversely to a House budget proposal to allow alcohol to be served in casinos until 4:00 AM.
The amendment to the House Ways and Means budget empowers the Gaming Commission to issue beverage licenses to casinos allowing the sale of alcohol between 2:00 and 4:00 AM while the prohibition will remain in place from 4:00 to 8:00 AM.
Rosenberg believes such a proposal could trigger further changes to the 2011 gambling legislation, thus weakening the state’s control over the industry.
According to Gaming Commission spokeswoman Elaine Driscoll, only one alcohol license has so far been issued by the authority to Plainridge Park Casino.
“This is the yellow light now,” Rosenberg said. “If we approve this, next month there will be another proposal. And next year there will be another proposal and before you know it, we’ll be asked to open more casinos and we’ll be asked to do all sorts of things that will undermine the state’s control over these casinos.”