It’s Business As Usual For The Mass. Gaming Commission, Despite Looming Ballot Question

Massachusetts gambling officials are proceeding as usual, despite the looming ballot measure that could repeal the state’s casino law.

The state gaming commission Wednesday dismissed a request by the City of Boston to delay the process of awarding a casino license in that region until after the November election. Commissioner Enrique Zuniga says the location of casinos could impact the referendum results.

“The voter will make their judgment with better information, and the voter will decide what the outcome will be,” says Zuniga.

The commission’s work will be irrelevant though if voters approve the ballot question. But Governor Deval Patrick says he doesn’t think that will happen.

“I think the question is going to be voted down, meaning I think that people will retain the system we have in place, which is one that says a limited expansion in the commonwealth, with the ability of local communities to decide whether its right for them,” says Patrick.

The commission will likely award a casino license in September to one of two applicants in greater Boston. A license has already been awarded to MGM in Springfield.

State House News Service contributed to this report.