Taunton Casino Deal Close, But Facing Road Blocks

The State Senate postponed ratification of the deal Thursday. The casino would be approximately 10 miles from Easton's border.

In a parliamentary maneuver Thursday, New Bedford Democrat Sen. Mark C.W. Montigny made a nondebatable "lay-on-the-table" motion that automatically postponed further Senate consideration of the compact for a casino in Taunton until its next formal session, which would not happen before next week, according to the New Bedford Standard Times.

Ratification of the compact by the Senate is the last remaining state hurdle for the tribe, which is proposing a $500 million casino in the Liberty and Union Industrial Park at the junction of Route 24 and 140 in East Taunton, approximately 10 miles from Easton's border. Once the Senate endorsement is secured, the tribe needs the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs to approve the compact and the Department of Interior to take the land into trust, according to the Standard Times.

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