City Council Schedules Special Meeting On MGM Springfield Casino Proposal

May 7, 2013

The city council in Springfield Massachusetts will hold a special meeting on Friday to debate a proposed casino development deal with MGM Resorts.

Credit MGM Springfield

   City Council President James Ferrera said there is no need to rush a vote on the host community agreement that was signed last week by Mayor Domenic Sarno and a top MGM official. Ferrera, on Monday, invoked a procedural rule to postpone  debate on the agreement because he said he has questions about it.

   Mayor Sarno wants the city council to vote on the agreement  by the middle of May in order to schedule a city wide voter referendum on July 16th.. If  Springfield voters  ratify the agreement, MGM can apply for a license from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.  Other casino projects are proposed in Palmer and West Springfield.. Only one license is authorized in western Massachusetts.