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Top lawmaker confident of Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino

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Artist's rendering of proposed First Light Resort and Casino. Image from Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe will receive federal approval to open its casino, Massachusetts Senate Majority Leader Stan Rosenberg (D) said.

Rosenberg was "pretty confident" that the Bureau of Indian Affairs will finalize the tribe's land-into-trust application for the $500 million First Light Resort and Casino. A decision could come this year although there is no guarantee of that.

Rosenberg also said he wasn't interested in reopening the H.3702, the Massachusetts Expanded Gaming Act, which he helped write. Gaming mogul Steve Wynn, who is bidding on a commercial casino, wants to change the law because he claims it puts him at a disadvantage to the tribe.

"We should be making policy in the interest of the Commonwealth and all of this enterprise, so we shouldn't be driven by the opinions of any one person," Rosenberg told members of the media, State House News Service reported.

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