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Public Hearing on Boston’s Casino Status Set May 1


BOSTON (AP) — The state gambling commission will call a public hearing next month to consider Boston’s bid to be declared a host community for proposed casinos in Everett and Revere.

The five-member Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted Thursday to call a May 1 meeting, with a decision on the city’s status to be decided shortly thereafter.

If granted, host community status would give Boston voters an opportunity to weigh in on casino proposals by Mohegan Sun in Revere and Wynn in Everett.

Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby said the revised process realistically means Massachusetts won’t award a license to a casino in its east region until August, at earliest.

The panel also said it will push back the next deadline for casino applications in the Fall River-New Bedford area to at least late September.

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