Lawsuit challenges new Mass. casino law
BOSTON—Massachusetts' new casino gambling law is already drawing a lawsuit.
The firm KG Urban Enterprises says in a lawsuit filed in federal court Tuesday that the law violates the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution because it gives federally recognized Indian tribes preference in seeking a casino license in southeastern Massachusetts.
At least two such tribes, including the Mashpee Wampanoag, have expressed interest in opening a casino in New Bedford.
State lawmakers have said the provision in the bill, signed into law on Tuesday, is meant to recognize the tribes' federal right to open a casino.
A call to the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe was not immediately returned.
The new law authorizes a gambling commission to award up to three casino licenses, one in each of three geographic regions of the state.