D’Allesandro took on the police chiefs over the crime issue, asking association president Richard Crate of Enfield whether the same concerns weren’t raised about the lottery way back in 1963.
Crate drew laughter when he said he responded, “I’d have to check with Chief Garone,” referring to long-time Derry police Chief Ed Garone.
D’Allesandro answered his own question, saying the same criticisms of the gaming bill were raised about the lottery then.
Though the attorney general has opposed expanded gaming through the years, Morse appeared surprised when deputy attorney general Ann Rice expressed concern about the proposed process and whether adequate regulatory structure is in place.
“I’d like to hear from the attorney general in writing,” Morse told her.
The Senate panel plans to work on the bill March 5 and is expected to send it to the Senate for a vote as soon as March 7.
Salem residents will consider a non-binding referendum on whether they want a casino on the Town Meeting ballot March 12.