Gaming Commission Opens Southeastern Mass to Commercial Casino Bids
Meeting in Palmer Thursday, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted unanimously to open up Southeastern Massachusetts to commercial casino bids. The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe is hoping to build a gambling facility in Taunton on land it owns. The Mashpee is waiting for the U-S Department of the Interior to place the property under trust, which woul dallow casino gambling on the site. Under gaming law, the tribe had exclusive rights to a casino in the southeastern part of the state. The Commission elected to open the region to commercial bids to keep its options open if the land is not placed under federal trust. The Mashpee negotiated a compact with Governor Deval Patrick which would provide the state with 17-percent of the revenue from a tribal casino. The agreement still needs approval from the State Legislature. Mashpee Chairman Cedric Cromwell told the Commission prior to the vote the board should give the tribe more time.