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Massachusetts Casino Gambling Could Be Three Years Away

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Lawmakers in the state of Massachusetts have been discussing the casino gambling issue for over a year now, but that does not mean they are getting any closer to a resolution. According to Representative Brian Dempsey, casinos may still be at least three years away.

Many had believed that the casino gambling would be used by lawmakers as a way to help the state through the existing economic crisis. Dempsey pointed out to the Eagle-Tribune Editorial Board that the casino issue will be carefully studied before a decision is made.

"The state of Massachusetts is going to be very deliberate in their attempt to expand gambling," said Casino Gaming Analyst Steve Schwartz, "There are going to be intensive studies that will show whether or not casino gambling would indeed be a benefit for the state."

Rep. Dempsey is the chairman of the committee that is exploring the casino gambling issue. He claims that his committee is taking a meticulous approach and ensuring that every area of the expansion is examined.

"We want to get it right," said Dempsey, "We've tried to resist the temptation to hurry up and do this." Governor Duval Patrick has been pushing casino resort type gambling since he has been in office.

Patrick had his first plan turned away by lawmakers last year, but since has picked up the support of some key legislators. House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray have both voiced their support for casino gambling in recent months.

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