Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Senator Richard Ross Appointed Member of Expanded Gaming Conference Committee

Senator Richard Ross (R-Wrentham) has been appointed by Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr to serve on the expanded gaming conference committee. The appointment was announced yesterday.

Senator Ross will now work with Senators Stanley Rosenberg (D-Amherst) and Jennifer Flanagan (D-Leominster) and Representatives Joseph Wagner (D-Chicopee), Brian Dempsey (D-Haverhill) and Paul Frost (R-Auburn) to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate versions of the expanded gaming bill, which provides for three resort casinos and one slot parlor.

“I am so honored to be appointed by Senator Tarr to the conference committee on expanded gaming as this issue deeply affects the communities in my district,” said Senator Ross. “It has been a long, spirited debate in both the House and the Senate in which hundreds of amendments were considered, debated and voted on. Now there are two versions of the expanded gaming bill and I am thrilled to be able to work with the other conferees on coming to an agreement on how this bill will best serve our commonwealth.”