| BOSTON, July 2
BOSTON, July 2 Boston's mayor is due to ask
Massachusetts gaming regulators on Wednesday to put off awarding
a casino license near the city until November, after a statewide
ballot initiative on repealing the law allowing casinos in the
Mayor Marty Walsh proposed putting the casino licensing
process on hold following a ruling last week by the state's
highest court allowing a vote on whether to repeal the 2011 law
that permitted three casinos to be licensed in the state. The
Massachusetts Gaming Commission will hear his case and possibly
vote on it at a Wednesday meeting.
Walsh has said it would be a poor use of time to try to
negotiate compensation agreements with casino giants Mohegan Sun
and Wynn Resorts Ltd, who are each vying to build a
casino in neighboring cities, if state voters go on to repeal
the law allowing casinos.
"Given the uncertainty of expanded gaming in Massachusetts,
the city emphasized that a stay was necessary to save the City
from incurring considerable expenditure of time, money, and
effort in connection with the ongoing proceedings," the city
said in a legal brief submitted to the commission.
Voters in East Boston last year rejected a proposed casino
backed by Caesars Entertainment Corp. Two casino
projects for cities abutting Boston - a Mohegan Sun development
in Revere and Wynn's proposal in Everett - have since gone
forward in the competition for the sole license available in
The commission had been set to approve one of the two
projects by September.
Only one of the three casino licenses has been awarded, to
Las Vegas developer MGM Resorts International, with
formal licensing on hold pending the referendum.
(Editing by Scott Malone and Jim Loney)