Boston mayor to ask Massachusetts to hold
off on casino license
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[July 02, 2014]
By Elizabeth Barber
BOSTON (Reuters) - Boston's mayor is due
to ask Massachusetts gaming regulators on Wednesday to put off awarding
a casino license near the city until November, after a statewide ballot
initiative on repealing the law allowing casinos in the state.
Mayor Marty Walsh proposed putting the casino licensing process on
hold following a ruling last week by the state’s highest court
allowing a vote on whether to repeal the 2011 law that permitted
three casinos to be licensed in the state. The Massachusetts Gaming
Commission will hear his case and possibly vote on it at a Wednesday
Walsh has said it would be a poor use of time to try to negotiate
compensation agreements with casino giants Mohegan Sun and Wynn
Resorts Ltd, who are each vying to build a casino in neighboring
cities, if state voters go on to repeal the law allowing casinos.
"Given the uncertainty of expanded gaming in Massachusetts, the city
emphasized that a stay was necessary to save the City from incurring
considerable expenditure of time, money, and effort in connection
with the ongoing proceedings," the city said in a legal brief
submitted to the commission.
Voters in East Boston last year rejected a proposed casino backed by
Caesars Entertainment Corp. Two casino projects for cities abutting
Boston – a Mohegan Sun development in Revere and Wynn's proposal in
Everett – have since gone forward in the competition for the sole
license available in eastern Massachusetts.
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The commission had been set to approve one of the two projects by
Only one of the three casino licenses has been awarded, to Las Vegas
developer MGM Resorts International, with formal licensing on hold
pending the referendum.
(Editing by Scott Malone and Jim Loney)
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