Weekend poll of legislators indicates some movement on Massachusetts sports betting bills Matt Murphy and Colin A. Young, State House News Service · July 17, 2021 at 6:20 pm Two different bills that would legalize sports betting in Massachusetts are advancing on Beacon Hill with the committee reviewing the legislation opening voting Friday that could pave the way for either branch to consider the issue soon. The Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies began polling members on different versions of legislation that would put Massachusetts in the company of neighboring states like Rhode Island and New Hampshire in allowing residents to place wagers on sports. Members of the committee have been given until Sunday at 5 p.m. to vote on the bills (S 269 \ H 506). If given a favorable recommendation, Sen. Eric Lesser’s bill would move to the Senate where it could either be scheduled for a vote or referred to another committee.