Mashpee Wampanoag

Plenty On Mass. Legislature's To-Do List In Fall

Sep 2, 2013

Massachusetts State lawmakers will have plenty on their plates when they ramp up activity after Labor Day.

The House and Senate have not met formally since the end of July.

Among the high-profile issues the Legislature is likely to grapple with in the fall are gun control, welfare reform and proposals to increase the minimum wage.

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The state gambling commission is hearing from advocates and opponents of extending an Indian tribe's exclusive right to develop a casino in southeastern Massachusetts.

The commission met Thursday at Bristol Community College in Fall River as it considers opening the region to commercial bidders.

      Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick will give final approval today to a formal casino agreement with the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe.  The compact gives Massachusetts a lucrative cut of casino revenues and commits the state to help overcome the obstacles that could prevent construction of what would be the state’s first Native American resort casino.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.