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Mass. Lawmakers Could Approve Gambling This Year

Expanded gambling could become a reality to the bay state as soon as this year.

Senate President Therese Murray says she, Governor Patrick and House Speaker Robert DeLeo agree the state should pass some sort of gaming bill this fall.

In an address to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Wednesday morning, Murray said she is tired of seeing Massachusetts' residents money "go South."

"Over $900 million leaves the Commonwealth every year and goes to Connecticut and Rhode Island for gaming," says Murray. "Even if we got $700 million we'd all take that."

A separate three casino plan by Governor Patrick was blocked last year by former House Speaker Sal DiMasi, who was a fierce opponent of bringing gambling to the state.

Murray says state Senator Stanley Rosenberg has been studying gaming in specific states across the country and will act as point person in the coming months.

This program aired on April 15, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

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