The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is pressing lawmakers and Gov. Deval Patrick to push back a key deadline for the panel to take over the regulation of horse racing and simulcasting, saying the expanded duties will make it harder to get new casinos up and running.
Commission chairman Steven Crosby said Tuesday that the panel will meet the May 20 takeover deadline if needed, but said delaying the change makes more sense for the state.
Under the casino law approved by lawmakers and signed by Gov. Deval Patrick, the new five-member gambling commission is supposed to oversee virtually all gambling in the state, except for the lottery.