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Casino Opposition Grows

Winning legislative approval for casinos may now be more difficult.

At least 8 to 10 House lawmakers have switched their votes and are now opposed to Governor Patrick's three casino plan.

The switch came after meetings with gambling opponent House Speaker Sal DiMasi. The Boston Globe reports DiMasi made a personal appeal to the lawmakers yesterday.

It comes after DiMasi and other casino opponents circulated a new policy paper that called estimated casino revenues into question.

A Patrick spokeswoman Kofi Jones says it appears House leadership has already made up its mind on the bill.

A hearing for the Governor's plan to license three casinos in the state is set for Tuesday.

Tune-in today at 1 p.m. as Governor Patrick takes questions live in studio and online. Questions can be submitted to yourcall@wbur.org or call (800) 423-TALK.

This program aired on March 13, 2008. The audio for this program is not available.

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