The State Gaming Commissioner said this week that prospective casino developers will be judged on their plans for promoting tourism in each of the state's three zones. They stopped short of saying a license application must include evidence of a formal partnership with a regional tourist organization. - The Springfield Republican.
The State Senate has yet to act on a gaming compact with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. The compact (H 3375 /3376), which lays out terms for the tribe building a casino in Taunton while it awaits federal approval for reservation land, has been referred to Senate Ways and Means Committee.
Suffolk Downs has asked Caesars Entertainment to withdraw as a managing partner in the track's bid to build a resort casino in East Boston less than three weeks away from a scheduled referendum vote on the $1 billion proposed gaming resort.
Suffolk Downs Chief Operating Officer Chip Tuttle released a statement Friday evening explaining that the track had asked Caesars Entertainment, which operates casinos around the country from Las Vegas to New Jersey and New Orleans, to withdraw as a qualifier from its casino license application based on concerns raised by a state background check.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission's investigative bureau has been conducting background checks on casino license applicants to determine suitability to hold one of the three casino licenses to be awarded regionally in Massachusetts. The commission's report regarding suitability was delivered to Suffolk Downs late Friday afternoon. - State House News Service.
Unresolved communication problems between the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) and the town of Aquinnah have led to concerns about future fire protection for tribal buildings. The town is now considering revoking a portion of a longstanding public safety agreement that provides town fire department services to the tribe. - The Vineyard Gazette.
Six years after a widely publicized state probe, abuse of handicapped-parking placards by able-bodied people is still “rampant,” city and state officials admitted yesterday. The Boston Herald completed a three-week investigation and photographed dozens of construction workers, hotel employees, and office workers using other peoples’ handicap placards to get free, all-day street parking. - The Boston Herald.
State Sen. Thomas McGee became the new chairman of the state Democratic Party on Thursday night after his unanimous election by the Democratic State Committee as John Walsh voluntarily stepped aside after six years at the helm. McGee, a Lynn Democrat, served four terms in the House before being elected to the Senate in 2002. He currently co-chairs the Joint Committee on Transportation. Walsh stepped down after six years leading the party, and plans to become the executive director of Gov. Deval Patrick’s political committee and Together PAC.
The Democratic Party state committee met Thursday night in Waltham to select a new chair, with McGee being the only person to put his name forward for consideration. “As Democrats, we're witnessing a national Republican Party attempt to turn back the clock on our core values for which we battled over generations: Affordable health care, Social Security, Medicare, women's rights, civil rights, LGBT rights, and organized labor,” McGee said. “So when John Walsh announced he was stepping down as chair of the Massachusetts Democratic State Party, I decided to do my part to preserve and protect the basic principles that binds us together as Democrats.” - Salem News.
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