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State Panel Examines Revised Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Casino Deal

By Bob Salsberg, Associated Press
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A rendering of the proposed Mashpee Wampanoag Casino.

A rendering of the proposed Mashpee Wampanoag Casino.

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BOSTON (AP) — A revised casino agreement between Gov. Deval Patrick and the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe is facing tough questions from a legislative committee.

The compact, if approved by lawmakers, would replace an earlier agreement that was rejected by the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs.

On Wednesday, members of a House panel demanded assurances from administration officials that the revised deal would pass federal muster.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Carl Stevens reports

Brendan Ryan, Patrick’s chief-of-staff, said federal officials were consulted during negotiations. The compact calls for the tribe to pay 17 percent of gaming proceeds to the state if its proposed Taunton casino is the only gambling facility in southeastern Massachusetts.

The tribe pays nothing if another casino is built regionally.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted recently to end the tribe’s exclusive regional development rights by opening the area up to commercial developers.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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