Originally Posted by CashRules36
This morning I decided to email my state senate representative Richard Ross advocating a poker room along with the slot parlor license. Ross represents the district where Plainridge racetrack is located, a prime contender for the slot parlor license. I realize this is probably a 0% proposition, but I wanted to at least try, and I urge others to do the same. Below is the email I sent him.
Dear Senator Ross,
As the Senate debates the regulation of casinos in Massachusetts, I would like for you to hear a point of view from someone you represent. I am a supporter of the casino bill because I know it will bring many jobs to the state. My family is originally from Connecticut near the Mohegan Sun casino, so I have personally seen casinos support a community. Not only did the casino provide jobs, but numerous other businesses popped up all around the area including hotels, grocery stores, and home improvement stores.
The Plainridge racetrack could benefit tremendously from the passage of this bill. I have read how they are interested in the one slot parlor license. While I believe this a good thing for Plainville, I think we may be a little short sighted in regards to the slot parlor. Slots will provide some jobs, but since they are only machines, jobs are limited. I believe the Senate should consider allowing poker rooms along with the slot parlor license. I am not suggesting other table such as blackjack or roulette, but only poker. Poker is different than other games in that it is not played against the house and has an element of skill. It will also create more jobs in the form of dealers and floor staff.
Thank you for your consideration and for serving the people of your district.
The Engineer was right, they do read the emails we send. I have received a response back from Richard Ross, who is part of the committee to come to a compromise on the casino bill, concerning the above email. I thought I'd share. Again, I'd encourage any Mass residents to email their reps. See Below:
Thank you for contacting me regarding your support for the Expanded Gaming bill. I appreciate hearing your thoughts on this matter, particularly your thoughts regarding poker rooms in slot parlors.
You will be happy to know that I voted to pass this bill in the Senate. I agree with you on the positive financial impact that gaming will have on the Commonwealth. I have also been advocating strongly for Plainridge Racecourse and the possibility of a slot parlor license. Especially during these difficult economic times, it is important for us to enact laws that will benefit our districts and the Commonwealth as a whole.
I have recently been appointed to the Expanded Gaming Bill Conference Committee, and will continue to work to ensure that the interests of my constituents are protected. Thank you again for contacting me about this issue. Should you have any additional concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office.
Richard J. Ross