Panel To Vote On Tribal Casino Compact

BOSTON (AP) — After being stalled on Beacon Hill for months, a casino compact between Gov. Deval Patrick and the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe may finally be inching forward.

A legislative committee on Tuesday is expected to vote on whether to send the compact to the full House and Senate for approval.

Patrick signed the revised compact with the tribe in March after an earlier agreement was rejected by the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs. The new deal calls for the state to receive between 15 and 21 percent of gambling revenues if the Mashpee succeed in building a casino in Taunton.

Also Tuesday, voters in West Springfield will decide whether to back a resort casino proposed by Hard Rock.

And in Plainville, a referendum is scheduled on a proposed slots parlor at the Plainville harness race track.

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