New England News
4:06 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Casino Law Author Says Springfield Competition Is Surprising

       An author of the law that legalized casinos in Massachusetts says Springfield is in a unique situation with multiple companies competing for development rights.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.

   State Senator Stanley Rosenberg of Amherst acknowledges that no one  involved in drafting the state’s casino law, envisioned there would be  so much interest in Springfield.

   Four national casino operators are proposing projects in Springfield.  The mayor , earlier this week announced a selection process that will culminate with a voter referendum in April  on one or  more projects.  The state gaming commission has the final say on issuing casino licenses. Only one license can be issued in western Massachusetts.