BOSTON (AP) - State gambling regulators say they'll consider granting more time for deals to be struck between casino applicants and cities and towns located near the sites of or proposed gambling facilities.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission made the offer Thursday after being told that with key deadlines approaching, there had yet to be a single surrounding community agreement reached anywhere in the state.
Applications are due Oct. 4 for the state's only slots parlor license and at the end of the year for resort casino applicants in eastern and western Massachusetts. The commission said it would keep those deadlines intact, but may allow more time to complete surrounding community negotiations.
Unlike host communities, surrounding communities do not have veto power over proposed gambling facilities but may be entitled to compensation for increased traffic or other impacts.
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