Another casino developer has jumped into the fray to obtain the sole gambling license for Western Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin is pushing a bill that would require casino backers and opponents to disclose ballot campaign spending to the state.
A town hall style meeting took place in Springfield Tuesday night where residents learned about a proposed casino and hotel in the city. Top officials from a Las Vegas-based company presented their plans for the former Westinghouse manufacturing site. It's one of four casino companies vying for an opportunity to develop in Western Massachusetts.
Just weeks after Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed a law that will allow up to three casinos into the state, state leaders are beginning the process of forming a gaming commission to oversee the emerging industry.
There's been much speculation in Massachusetts in the past year about the potential benefits and drawbacks of casinos. Shortly after governor Deval Patrick signed the new casino law (view / download .pdf) this week, New England Public Radio's Anne Mostue spoke to the state treasurer about how gambling facilities might affect the state's lottery system,
The rushed vote by Massachusetts lawmakers approving a final casino bill Tuesday comes after a six-member conference committee merged separate House and Senate versions of the measure. The conference committee had to iron out several differences between the two versions of the bill. Those include the system by which municipalities can decide whether they want to host a casino.
After months of lobbying, speculation and debate, the Massachusetts Senate voted last week to approve a bill that authorizes a casino in Western Massachusetts and two others in different parts of the state. Now a joint legislative committee will have to draft a final bill to send to the governor, but towns are already competing and evaluating the possibilities for a resort-style casino.
As Massachusetts lawmakers move toward allowing casino gambling in the state, major industry players are taking a closer look – a much closer look — at Western Massachusetts. New England Public Radio's Fred Bever reports.
It's a bit of a gambling gold rush. Three investor groups — including the owners of Connecticut's Mohegan sun — say they want to develop a casino in the area. But under the legislation, only one casino wil be allowed in Western Massachusetts.
Debate on opening Massachusetts to casino gambling was waylaid on the floor of the state senate this afternoon, when a legislative argument broke out over whether lawmakers should be barred for five years from taking a job with applicants for gaming licenses. New England Public Radio's Fred Bever reports.
The amendment was proposed by Marlborough Senator James Eldridge. He says the legislature's reputation has been tarred by corruption scandals involving individual lawmakers.