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Tribal Casino Compact Faces Mass. Legislature

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A revised casino compact between Gov. Deval Patrick and the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe faces a test in the Legislature.

The House of Representatives is expected to debate and likely take a vote on the compact. Approval of the agreement by lawmakers would be a key step for the tribe, but other hurdles would still remain including a requirement that it receive federal land-in-trust approval for the site of a proposed casino in Taunton.

The Legislature approved an earlier compact with the Mashpee last year, but it was later rejected by the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs.

The revised agreement signed by Patrick in March calls for the state to receive a share of between 15 and 21 percent of gambling proceeds if the casino is built.

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