This is the third time in recent years that lawmakers have tried to legalize gambling in the state. Gov. Deval Patrick was previously cool to casinos, but his support shifted after he was reelected and no longer needed liberal voters who oppose gambling. What a sellout.
The gambling measure contains two very minor safeguards for gamblers: the casinos will be smoke free and no alcohol will be served between 2 a.m. and 8 a.m. Sadly, that is better than the deal in other states, but it is hardly a profile in courage by the Massachusetts lawmakers.