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Gaming Commission will set time limit on tribe’s casino bid

LAKEVILLE — The state Gaming Commission has the sole authority to decide how long the state will wait for the Mashpee Wampanoag  to resolve their federal woes before opening Southeastern Massachusetts for bids from commercial casinos, Chairman Stephen Crosby told community leaders in that region Thursday.

Governor Deval Patrick  and the tribe announced Wednesday that they had finalized an agreement that allows the Mashpee Wampanoag to operate a casino. The agreement, known as a compact, will now go before the state Legislature for approval prior to the end of the month.

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