Crosby: Gaming Commission Remains Committed to Process
BOSTON (WGGB) — The Mass. Gaming Commission says that they “respect” Tuesday’s court ruling and will press on with the process of implementing the expanded gaming legislation.
Several weeks after arguments were heard, the Mass. Supreme Judicial Court ruled that a ballot initiative seeking to repeal casinos in Massachusetts will appear on the November ballot.
Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby released a statement Tuesday, saying:
“The Massachusetts Gaming Commission respects the decision of the Supreme Judicial Court to allow the citizens of the Commonwealth to vote on the repeal of expanded gaming in November. As the Commission has demonstrated in the past, we have the flexibility to achieve progress in the licensing and regulatory process even in an atmosphere of uncertainty and we will continue to do so. Although the Commission has not taken a position on the repeal; we are committed to implementing the law as it currently exists in a manner that is participatory, transparent and fair.”
On June 13, the Gaming Commission unanimously named MGM Springfield the designated licensee to open a casino in Springfield’s South End.
However, it was determined by the Commission that that license will not be actually awarded until a later date, pending the SJC’s ruling and the outcome of any vote.