The bill takes effect immediately. However, i don't beleive that the siting board (part of the existing gaming commission) has the authority to actually grant a license until after January 1st, 2014 (provided the refeendum pases). I'm not sure yet whether or not they can begin the application process prior to the referendum. I'll get back on that one.
Based on the criteria in the bill, the Concord project the Concord project would more likely than not be the front runner for a license as of today. .