by Sarah J.F. Braley | November 17, 2011

According to the Boston Globe, both houses of the Massachusetts Legislature, on their final day before winter break, passed a compromise bill allowing casino gambling in the state. The bill, now awaiting Gov. Deval Patrick's signature, authorizes three casinos and one slot-machine parlor. The governor has said he will sign the law before Thanksgiving. Developers now will have to vie for the three gaming licenses; Hard Rock International already has announced plans to build a casino hotel in Holyoke (see story, here), and the owners of Suffolk Downs, a historic racing park in East Boston, have proposed building a $600 million resort complex that would offer a variety of gaming options (click here for story).