Massachusetts House passes $459 million economic growth bill with sports betting, but legalization depends on Senate

The Massachusetts House passed a $459 million economic development bill Tuesday night that includes funding for nonprofits affected by the coronavirus pandemic, local projects and language legalizing sports betting. Lawmakers passed the economic development bill, 156-3, after two days of reviewing more than 500 amendments. The engrossed bill has a price tag that’s close to $100 million more than when it was first released by the House Ways and Means Committee last week.

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