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Gaming Commission approves emergency regulation

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PALMER, MA (WSHM) -

The states gaming commission voted on an emergency regulation today about the process for scheduling ballot questions on casinos.

The commission voted to approve that emergency regulation, which means that communities no longer have to wait for background checks to go through before they put a question on the ballot.

It's a decision that now makes it possible for communities to put a casino question on the ballot in time for the upcoming special senate election in June.

Chairman Steven Crosby explains what the decision means for communities that want to go ahead with a vote before background checks are processed.

"If you want to skip the suitability approval, then there has to be a decision by the town government or the city government to choose to skip the suitability approval then there has to be a host community agreement signed, then there has to be a request for the change of the date and then there has to be the referendum," said Crosby.

Springfield officials had expressed concern that they were interested in possibly putting a question on that June ballot but would be unable to because of regulations that were in place

It is still a tight timeline to get a question on the ballot for the special election. Regulations state that no election can be held until at least 60 days after a community finalizes an agreement with a casino company. That means any community looking to get a question on the ballot for that election must have their host community agreement finalized by April 25.

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