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October 30, 2020, GMT+0000, 18:23 pm
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U.S. State Governments Finding New Ways to Obstruct Legal Casinos

The voters of states like Virginia and Massachusetts are ready to move forward with the decriminalization and legalization of gambling in America.  

Unfortunately, their local and state governments have found a new way to obstruct and postpone development of legal casinos in either commonwealth.  

What is the bureaucrats tactic? Red tape.  

In Massachusetts, a state gaming commission has simply slow-walked the process since casino licenses were first approved for distribution in 2011. There is an open-for-business casino in Springfield, MA, and a 2nd on the way in Everett. But even the noble Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has been unable to acquire a 3rd license, which the commission is not bound by state law to give away.  

On Thursday, the regulators actually voted to delay voting on taking up the proposal for a new casino license. In other words, the hopes of Beantown gambling tycoons and their clientele are now buried under 3 layers of paperwork. (At least they can still wager on their beloved Patriots in the Super Bowl.)   

Massachusetts denied a 2016 bid from Mass Gaming & Entertainment to build a casino on the Brockton Fairgrounds. The case could be taken up again soon. MG&E, which is backed by Rush Street Gaming, has told its lawyers to promise at least an $85,000,000 gaming fee to the commission, to be paid immediately and in full.  

Meanwhile, a group of Native American tribes based in Virginia have been seeking to build casinos in 5 counties. On Wednesday, a bill that could legalize casino gaming and localized sports gambling passed through a VA state senate committee. But the bill is under attack from lobbyists, regulators, and the news media. Any timeline for a green light on green tables has been pushed back to summer of 2020, still about 18 months away.  

“(The gambling bill is) probably going to be amended by 3 or 4 committees and the governor by the time we get it,” says Virginia state senator Scott Surovell. 

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