Massachusetts bill limits state to one tribal casino compactTuesday, April 6, 2010
A bill that would legalize gaming in Massachusetts attempts to limit the state to one Class III gaming compact in the first 15 years.
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe are both interested in casinos. But the bill says the state can only negotiate one compact in the first 15 years.
The bill authorizes two resort casinos and slot machines at four racetracks.
EDITORIAL FOOTNOTE: Will the Mohegan Tribe go to Massachusetts as a casino business, and not as a Native American Tribe? Will Palmer, Massachusetts, be one of the two resort casinos? Is Palmer a long shot? Is the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority (the Mohegan Tribal Council) wasting more money on the venture? Should the MTGA be looking to go Palmer? Is it a mistake? What do you think?