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In Legislature’s race to finish, racing bill falls short

August 1, 2018

BOSTON (AP) — Horse racing and simulcasting has been suspended at Massachusetts race tracks after state lawmakers failed to give final approval to a bill while rushing toward adjournment.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission informed Suffolk Downs, Raynham Park and the Plainridge Park Casino on Wednesday that there is currently no statutory authority for racing and simulcasting.

The commission said it would hold an emergency discussion of the situation on Thursday.

The bill that would allowed racing and simulcasting to continue for 12 more months was approved by the House and Senate but, due to an apparent oversight, never received final procedural votes before the Legislature ended formal sessions for the year. The previous authorization ended at midnight Tuesday.

Simulcasting allows patrons at race tracks to bet on live feeds of races at other U.S. tracks.

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