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May 7, 2008
Mass. Gov. says casino bill could 'come back’
BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick says a bill to bring legalized gambling to Massachusetts “may yet come back in the Legislature.”
And he says he’s not basing his statement on the possible departure of House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi, a gambling opponent.
Instead, the governor told a Brookline Chamber of Commerce audience today he thinks an unyielding need for property tax relief, the possibility of slot machines at the state’s racetracks and ongoing efforts by the Wampanoag Indians to build their own casino will reignite the discussions.
DiMasi led an effort to kill Patrick’s plan for three casinos in the state.
Recently, potential successors have been jockeying for position as the speaker has faced allegations of ethical lapses. DiMasi has said he’s not leaving.
The Rhode Island state Legislature yesterday voted to override Gov. Carcieri's veto of a bill to allow 24-hour video gambling at two facilities in this state.
-- The Associated Press
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