Published January 03. 2013 7:00AM Updated January 03. 2013 7:15AM
BOSTON (AP) — The state gaming commission is set to meet for the first time in the new year as a key deadline approaches for would-be casino developers in Massachusetts.
As of Wednesday, four companies had paid a $400,000 initial application fee that's due by Jan. 15.
MGM Resorts and Penn National Gaming have both proposed resort casinos in Springfield and plan to seek the sole casino license available for western Massachusetts.
Suffolk Downs in East Boston is pursuing the eastern Massachusetts casino license and the Plainridge harness race track in Plainville is bidding to open a slots parlor.
Several other potential developers have met with the commission and could pay the $400,000 fee by Jan. 15.
The panel is scheduled to hold its first meeting of the new year on Thursday.