Meanwhile, a top aide to Gov. Deval Patrick urged lawmakers not to tinker with a compact the administration reached with the Mashpee last week.
Rep. Robert Koczera, a New Bedford Democrat, told a legislative hearing that he would seek to add to the compact an August 2014 deadline for the tribe to receive approval for its land-in-trust application from the Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Lana Jones reports.
The land-in-trust process is critical to the tribe’s effort to develop a $500 million casino in Taunton. But experts say the process could take two or more years and could be slowed by litigation over the landless Mashpee’s status as a recently recognized federal tribe.
The Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technology voted immediately after the hearing to recommend approval of the compact, which would guarantee the state a 21.5 percent share of future gambling revenues from a tribal casino "
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