BOSTON, MA - The state's Gaming Commission cleared the way Friday for a referendum on slot machine gambling in Plainville.
On a 4-0 vote the commission approved the transfer of the application for slot machines to Penn National Gaming.
Critics had opposed the transfer saying it's too late in the process to have Penn National take over for the owners of Plainridge Race Course.
They said the transfer did not give them enough time to vet Penn National as an applicant.
The gaming commission said it was sympathetic to their concerns, but that it was more important that the townspeople get to decide the issue themselves.
Supporters had argued the town is in favor of Penn National and expanded gambling and that the opposition is mostly from Foxboro and Raynham Park, a competing applicant.
The referendum is slated for Sept. 10.
by Jim Hand (reprinted with permission by www.thesunchronicle.com)