Senate: No delay on dog racing ban
An effort to delay a ban on dog racing for two years – a move that supporters said could save thousands of local jobs – failed today in the Senate.
The budget amendment, sponsored by Sen. Marc Pacheco (D-Taunton), would have kept race tracks open until Jan. 1, 2012.
Locally, an estimated 1,300 jobs will be lost at Raynham Park, which faces a shut-down date of Jan. 1. Many of them rallied outside the State House earlier today before the debate began.
State voters approved a dog racing ban as a ballot measure during the November election.
“I’m asking for a delay, not a repeal,” Pacheco told his Senate colleagues in a speech asking for their support.
The amendment failed by a vote of 29 to 8, with several local lawmakers joining Pacheco in their support, including Sens. Brian Joyce (D-Milton), Thomas Kennedy (D-Brockton) and Michael Morrissey (D-Quincy).
A separate amendment to extend gaming to existing race tracks also failed, with several lawmakers expressing their support for gaming but a reluctance to take action on it as part of the budget debate
The Patriot Ledger