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What’s Next For Casino Gambling In Massachusetts

Gaming Commission Chair Stephen Crosby. Photo by Yoon S. Byun/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

With the western region settled, state gambling regulators turn their full attention to the two remaining casino licenses in the eastern and southeastern regions.

This month, the two competing proposals for the eastern license will be aired at public hearings in their respective communities.

The hearing on Mohegan Sun’s more than $1.2 billion plan at the Suffolk Downs horse racing track will be June 24 in Revere while Wynn Resorts’ $1.6 billion plan for a former chemical plant is up on June 25 in Everett.

The race for the southeastern license, meanwhile, remains up in the air.

The Federal Government’s approval of a land trust agreement for an Indian casino in Taunton is still pending.

Foxwoods has floated a casino for Fall River while others have suggested casinos in New Bedford and Bridgewater.

None, however, have taken the crucial steps of reaching an agreement with their host community and then putting that deal before local voters in a referendum.

New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell however, has recommended a referendum be held in November to determine how city residents feel about a casino.

(WBSM News contributed to this report)

 

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