Thank goodness November 4th is over. One more political ad in TV and I felt I would throw the damn thing out – but because that would mean no Big Bang Theory, I’ll just keep my TV and be glad we’re done with those things.
But, New England Casino Gaming has had quite a lot of news and there are many repercussions due to all that News on November 4th.
So what happened? What does it mean? And what has happened since?
Well, here is an overview of what will probably fodder (hmm, interesting word for all these topics) to cover in the coming months.
MASS – Welcome to casino Gaming in the Bay State – Massachusetts voters on Tuesday upheld a 2011 law that paved the way for legal casino gambling in the state, voting down a referendum that would have overturned the measure and stopped two planned casinos.
SPRINGFIELD, MASS – voted “overwhelmingly” against the repeal. I guess they were in favor of MGM is building a resort casino in their city.
AFTER NOVEMBER 4th
With a switch in governors occurring in January, Stephen Crosby, who heads up the five-member commission overseeing the state’s gambling industry plans to stay where he is., saying he wants to see the casinos authorized by the 2011 state law built.
The commission also voted to push back by two months application deadlines for the Region C license, citing uncertainty that had been created by the unsuccessful ballot question and ongoing questions about whether the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe has the ability to build a casino in Taunton.
The third and final resort casino license remains a major question mark. Many suitors, no clear cut movement between Foxwoods’s casino for Fall River, or other suggested casinos in New Bedford and Bridgewater. Gambling regulators reopened bidding, setting the new deadline for Dec. 1. The commission hopes to award the license by August 2015. Two federally-recognized American Indian tribes are developing plans to open gambling halls in southern Massachusetts. The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe is proposing a $500 million resort casino on 150 acres in Taunton. The tribe has reached an accord with the state on its plan, but still, critically, needs federal approval to take the land in trust. Meanwhile, the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe on Martha’s Vineyard is trying to build a gambling hall filled with electronic betting machines on a remote part of the resort island. The state, however, argues in a federal lawsuit that the tribe long-ago forfeited its rights to open a casino. Continue reading
Anybody following the story of The Great Casino expansion of Massachusetts, knows that the voters of Bay State will now have a chance to repeal the casino law of 2012. The law authorized casino-style gaming and its repeal could affect the rights of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe who has a Class III gaming compact that was approved by the BIA (Bureau of Indian Affairs).
It’s not clear what will happen to the agreement if the referendum passes — tribes to engage in the same types of games that are legal in a state. The tribe’s right to offer Class II games, such as bingo and electronic forms of bingo, would not be affected either way. Continue reading