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Mass. governor may testify at casino hearing

17 Dec 2007

BOSTON - As reported by The Republican: "Gov. Deval L. Patrick plans a major push for his bill to legalize casinos, saying that he might testify before a legislative committee next week on the plan...

"In a sign that the casino bill is being taken seriously by the industry, Patrick said that 15 developers around the world are expressing interest in bidding for licenses to operate gambling resorts if the state Legislature approves his bill.

"Patrick suggested he would testify on Tuesday when a legislative panel is scheduled to conduct a hearing on casinos. If his bill went to a vote in the Legislature now, it would be approved, he said, adding that the prediction stemmed from both a head count and a gut feeling.

"I think we will get a debate, and a serious one, on the casino-resort proposal," Patrick said. "It deserves one."

"The governor wants to auction licenses for three casino resorts around the state, including one in a region comprising Worcester County and the four counties of Western Massachusetts. The Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut is proposing to develop $1 billion casino in Palmer.

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