Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Mohegans And Mashantucket Pequots On Edge This Week Over Whether Massachusetts Lawmakers Will Agree On Casino Plan

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The Massachusetts legislative session ends this Saturday and if lawmakers cannot agree by then on a gambling bill acceptable to the governor then any plan for casinos will likely be delayed into next year.

The main crux of the disagreement among lawmakers is not whether they want casinos in Massachusetts - they do - but whether racetracks should be allowed to host slot machines on their property.

The House wants slot machines at the state's four racetracks but the Senate does not. And neither does Governor Deval Patrick.

Other legislation, on gun control and a sales tax holiday, is being held up while the two legislative bodies focus their energy on gambling legislation.

Casino gambling in Massachusetts will be a horrendous blow to the two Indian casinos in Connecticut so both tribes are watching closely to see what happens this week.