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Mass. casino panel weighs pre-qualification plan

May 1, 2012
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BOSTON—The panel overseeing the state's new gambling law is weighing a plan to pre-qualify potential casino developers in Massachusetts.

Under the proposal discussed by the Gaming Commission on Tuesday, a would-be developer would have to demonstrate that it has sufficient financial backing and a track record in the gaming industry before it can begin negotiations with a host community.

A spokeswoman for the five-member commission said the panel would study the idea further before deciding whether to adopt it.

Also Tuesday, commissioners selected Stan McGee, an official in the state office of Housing and Economic Development, to serve as the panel's interim executive director until a permanent director is found.

The commission also named Elaine Driscoll as its full-time communications director. She's currently a spokeswoman for the Boston Police Department.

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