House to vote on Taunton casino

House to vote on Taunton casino


(DN) AN IMPORTANT VOTE ON CAPITOL HILL EXPECTED TODAY…. THAT COULD HAVE A MAJOR IMPACT ON THE CASINO GAMBLING SCENE HERE IN SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND. (PL) IT’S ALL CENTERED ON THE LAND WHERE A RESORT CASINO WOULD BE BUILT IN TAUNTON. WHICH IS RIGHT UP THE ROAD FROM RHODE ISLAND’S NEWEST CASINO… ACROSS THE BORDER IN TIVERTON. (DN) JULIANNE LIMA IS LIVE IN OUR NEWSROOM, LOOKING AHEAD FOR US. (JL) SINCE PLANS FOR THE FIRST LIGHT CASINO WERE ANNOUNCED YEARS AGO — THE BIG QUESTION HAS BEEN– DOES THE MASHPEE- WAMPANOAG TRIBE HAVE RIGHTS TO THE LAND IN TAUNTON? A VOTE TODAY WILL HELP DETERMINE IF THEY DO. THE MASHPEE WAMPANOAG TRIBE BROKE GROUND ON THE PROJECT IN 2015 — AFTER THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PLACED THE LAND IN A TRUST FOR THEM. BUT THAT DECISION WAS REVERSED THE NEXT YEAR BY THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR. THE ONE BILLION DOLLAR CASINO PROJECT HAS BEEN IN LIMBO EVER SINCE. NOW — A BILL SPONSORED BY MASSACHUSETTS DEMOCRAT BILL KEATING — WOULD HELP GIVE THE LAND BACK TO THE TRIBE. MASSACHUSETTS LAWMAKERS SUPPORT THE MEASURE — WHILE RHODE ISLAND LAWMAKERS ARE STAUNCHLY AGAINST IT. CRANSTON MAYOR ALLAN FUNG SENT A TWEET LAST NIGHT — SAYING HE HOPES NO SELF-RESPECTING REPUBLICANS WILL SUPPORT THE BILL — AND URGING THEM NOT TO SELL OUT. “Put simply, Rhode Island decided that protection of their casino revenue is more important than the long-term exisitance of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe.” (JL) AS WE FIRST TOLD YOU YESTERDAY MORNING…. A NEW STUDY SHOWS SPORTS BETTING REVENUE IN RHODE ISLAND WOULD BE DRAMATICALLY REDUCED — IF A CASINO OPENED IN TAUNTON. NOW, EVEN IF THE MEASURE PASSES IN THE HOUSE TODAY — IT STILL NEEDS TO BE APPROVED BY THE SENATE BEFORE THE LAND IS GIVEN BACK TO THE TRIBE. REPORTING LIVE IN THE NEWSROOM, JULIANNE LIMA, EYEWITNESS NEWS.

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