Governor Signs Casino Legislation [Poll]
Three casinos could be built across the state, and neighboring Milford has been discussed as a potential location.
After several years of discussion surrounding the idea of bringing casinos to the state of Massachusetts, Gov. Deval Patrick signed a bill this morning that would allow for three casinos to be built around the state.
The bill divides the state into three areas, one in the western part of the state, one in the southeast, and one that would stretch across most of the northern part of the state and include Boston and the Worcester area.
Milford has often been discussed as one potential spot to have a casino built. There is a large area of land in the town near Holliston and Hopkinton that would provide easy access to Route 495 with the Mass Pike only a few miles away.
According to an article on Boston.com, the state leaders will appoint five people to the state gambling commission. This board will then decide where the casinos are built. There was also a stipulation in the bill that any developers must win approval from the town in which they will be building.
The Hopkinton Board of Selectmen and other area officials held several discussions earlier this fall, in which residents spoke out against the casino.
Many members of other local communities are also making sure they get heard in the fight against a Milford casino, including a Holliston man who is selling anti-casino yard signs.