Calling it an “unwarranted and unjustified usurpation of authority [that] will be harmful to the interests of the people of Massachusetts,” state Treasurer Steven Grossman wrote U.S. Senators Harry Reid, D-Nevada, and Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., to oppose legislation that would limit states’ control of online gambling within their borders.

Grossman, chairman of the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission, said the bill, if passed, would imperil the lottery, which is the largest source of unrestricted aid to the state’s 351 cities and towns. Grossman also warned that the measure would compromise the competitiveness of the ongoing process to bid on casino licenses in Massachusetts.

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