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Suffolk Downs simulcasting bill clears House and Senate

Posted by Your Town  October 31, 2013 06:14 PM

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The House and Senate on Thursday quickly moved through the branches legislation laying out conditions Suffolk Downs would need to meet to continue simulcasting races for wagering purposes.

The Senate approved the bill (S 1905) after it emerged from the Ways and Means Committee and House followed suit with both branches staying in session into the afternoon to take the necessary procedural votes to enact the bill.

The Senate on Thursday also agreed to a conference committee report on legislation authorizing $1.4 billion in bonding to support housing investments and initiatives, while the House reopened the veterans services bill a day after it was passed to make minor changes.

Final passage of the housing bond bill may need to wait until next week, as recorded votes are necessary and the branches are currently meeting in sparsely attended sessions where roll call votes are not taken.

The Senate on Thursday also passed legislation authorizing assessors in Newbury to grant real estate tax abatements to Plum Island homeowners (S 1909) and a resolve creating a special commission on school library services (S 1906).

- M. Norton/SHNS

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