Rosenberg pans casino last call provision
Says casinos relentless in trying to change the rules
SENATE PRESIDENT STANLEY ROSENBERG said on Thursday he was not a fan of a House proposal that could allow Massachusetts casinos to serve alcohol to patrons for an additional two hours – until 4 a.m.
Rosenberg, who shied away from discussing other aspects of the House budget at a meeting with reporters, showed no reticence in dismissing the alcohol provision as the first step by casinos to begin changing the rules under which they operate.
The Senate president, who helped craft the state’s gambling legislation, said a values judgment was made at the time the law was drafted to hold casinos to the same last call rules as other establishments selling liquor. He also said there was a general agreement that lawmakers were not going to continually chip away at the state’s gaming statute.
“This is the yellow light, the caution light. If you approve this, next month there’ll be another proposal and another one after that,” he said. “This is an industry that, if you’re not careful, starts to run the table.”
Rosenberg wasn’t convinced. “There aren’t many hours when they don’t serve alcohol,” he said.