Officials in Springfield Massachusetts have signaled they are ready to get serious with potential casino developers. The city has hired a Chicago based law firm to serve as its gaming consultant. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
The state's top elections official wants a stronger system of monitoring the hefty sums of cash likely to be spent on influencing future local casino votes in Massachusetts. WAMC’S Paul Tuthill reports.
Secretary of State William Galvin urged a legislative panel on Wednesday to support a bill that would require all campaign expenditures made on casino referendums to be reported to the state office of Campaign and Political Finance.
Currently, spending on local ballot issues must only be reported to the clerk's office in that community.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is being urged by some to speed up its work to shorten the expected time table for issuing up to three licenses to build resort casinos. An casino-sitting advisory committee has been created in Springfield, as officials there pursue a casino development. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
A casino advisory committee is being created in Springfield Massachusetts as city officials pursue a resort casino development. WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports…
Springfield City Council President James Ferrera said the committee will advise the council on casino sitting issues. The council could conceivably have to issue a special permit, change zoning, or take property by eminent domain to accommodate a casino development.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is pressing lawmakers to push back a key deadline by as much of a year, saying taking over the duties of the state racing commission will make it harder to get new casinos up and running. WAMC's Tristan O’Neill reports…
Commission chairman Steven Crosby said the panel will meet the May 20 deadline if needed, but said delaying the takeover makes more sense.
Crosby said the commission is also working to better respond to city and town leaders who are already asking questions about potential casinos in their communities.
The five member Massachusetts Gaming Commission is now in place. The commissioners will draft regulations to establish a new casino gambling industry in Massachusetts and award the much coveted licenses for resort casinos. One member of the new commission is from western Massachusetts. Bruce Stebbins is a Springfield resident, a former member of the city council, and a small business development specialist. He spoke recently with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.
The five-member panel that will oversee casino gambling in Massachusetts is set to be sworn in and hold its first official meeting. WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...
The agenda for Tuesday's meeting of the state Gaming Commission in Boston includes a number of administrative matters, including the election of a secretary and treasurer, the hiring of staff and the choosing of a law firm and outside gaming consultant.
The commissioners are also expected to adopt a mission statement and discuss several other matters, including ethics rules.