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Massachusetts Gambling News

Community payments in Expanded Gaming Act examined

The Expanded Gaming Act, which legalized casino gaming in the state, includes a requirement that casino developers negotiate mitigation payments to surrounding communities. The system is a new development compared to previous gambling laws in the U.S., public radio station WBUR reports. Read more here.

Boston Globe examines history of gambling in U.S.

A recent article in the Boston Globe examines the ongoing gambling debate in Massachusetts within the historic context of the industry nationwide. Read more here.

Boston Mayor boycotts city's arbitration hearings with Wynn Resorts

Boston officials announced that Mayor Martin J. Walsh will boycott arbitration hearings intended to determine what amount Wynn Resorts might pay the city as a "surrounding community" to the company's proposed casino in Everett. Without Walsh at the hearings, the Boston Globe reports, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission will make the decision regarding Wynn's payment. Read more here.

Supreme Judicial Court allows casino repeal referendum onto November ballot

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled that a proposed ballot question repealing the Expanded Gaming Act, which had legalized casino gambling in the state, should be allowed on the November ballot for statewide voting. The Boston Globe reports that both casino advocates and opponents immediately vowed to campaign vigorously around the issue. Read more here.

MGC awards first casino license to MGM International

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) awarded the first casino license in the state to MGM Resorts International. The unanimous vote in favor of the project came after several days of hearings assessing MGM's proposal for a Springfield casino. The Springfield Republican reports the MGC awarded the license with the caveat that it would not be official until either the Supreme Judicial Court ruled a proposed referendum repealing the Expanded Gaming Act illegal, or after that referendum is voted on in November. Read more here.

MGC may award first casino license by mid-June

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) may award the first license for a resort casino in the state by the middle of the month. The Boston Globe reports that commissioners will likely announce their findings regarding MGM International's proposed project in Springfield during a series of meetings taking place June 10-13 in Boston and Springfield. Read more here.

MGM and Wynn Resorts ask for changes to Expanded Gaming Act

MGM International and Wynn Resorts have petitioned the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) about proposed changes to the Expanded Gaming Act, which legalized gambling in the state. The Springfield Republican reports commissioners issued a memo detailing request from the companies, both potential casino operators in the state, but requested few changes from the legislature. Read more here.

MGC revises schedule for awarding casino licenses

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) recently released revisions to the schedule for awarding casino licenses in the state. Delays have resulted due to disagreements in the eastern region of the state about potential impacts on surrounding communities, especially Boston, according to public radio station WAMC. Read more here.

MGC denies host community status for Boston

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) voted in principlae against awarding Boston status as a "host community," denying the city the a chance to vote on proposed projects in the eastern part of the state. Public radio station WBUR reports that a final decision will be issued in writing soon. Read more here.

Casino repeal case begins arguments before Supreme Judicial Court

Arguments began today in the Supreme Judicial Court concerning the legality of a proposed ballot question that could allow voters to repeal the Expanded Gaming Act. The Boston Globe reports justices asked lawyers for pro-casino and pro-repeal advocates about the consequences of repeal after companies have paid the state millions in licensing fees. Read more here.