Mass. lawmakers unveil new gaming bill


Legislative leaders have unveiled a new proposal to bring expanded gaming to Massachusetts.

A gaming bill released Tuesday allows the state to license three resort casinos and one slot parlor and establishes guidelines for the competitive bidding process.

Licenses for casinos would start at $85 million and bidding for the slot parlor license would start at $25 million.

The bill also sets aside one of the casino contracts for a federally recognized Indian tribe.

Gov. Deval Patrick signaled his support for the major outlines of the bill.

This latest proposal comes after closed doors negotiations between legislative leaders and Patrick to reach a deal A similar proposal to license three casinos collapsed last year over the issue of whether to allow slot machines at race tracks.

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