BOSTON (AP) — State gambling regulators agreed Thursday to consider Boston Mayor Martin Walsh’s bid to have the city declared a host community for resort casino proposals in the neighboring cities of Everett and Revere, a designation that, if granted, would give Boston voters the ability to kill the projects.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission said it would schedule a hearing on the dispute within two weeks, while expressing concern that the city’s eleventh-hour request could further disrupt the panel’s timetable for awarding the sole eastern Massachusetts casino license.
“The potential impact of casinos goes to the core of the quality of life in our neighborhoods,” said Walsh, who made a personal appeal to the commissioners to grant host community status. “The people of Boston deserve the Democratic process.”
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports