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Mass. Governor Signs Casino Bill

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By STEVE LEBLANC, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) _ Gov. Deval Patrick has signed a bill legalizing casinos in Massachusetts that supporters say will create thousands

Patrick signed the historic measure on Tuesday, declaring that it would not be the solution to all of the state’s economic
problems, nor would it be the cause of all social ills.

The bill allows for three resort-style casinos and one slots parlor in the state.

The governor said he hoped to appoint within the next couple of weeks someone to chair a five-member gambling commission that is created by new law. But it could be years before the first casino

Patrick said he respected those who have a moral objection to casino gambling, but added: “I am not one of them.”

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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