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Murray Will Rule Gambling Debate Delays 'Out Of Order'

The president of the Massachusetts Senate is pushing to complete work Thursday on her chamber's version of a casino bill.

Senate President Therese Murray says she'll rule any objection meant to further delay debate "out of order." Her announcement comes after multiple delays have been stalling debate on the bills since late last week.

Murray and House Speaker Robert DeLeo say there's still enough time to iron out differences between the bills from each chamber before the legislative session concludes.

But on WBUR's Radio Boston, DeLeo said he won't give up slot machines, because he says such machines would save jobs at the state's four racetracks.

"I'm willing to compromise, but I'm not sure I'm willing to give up on the slots aspect of it. We could be losing 600-1,000 jobs if this part of my legislation is not passed," DeLeo said.

The gambling bill before the Senate would authorize three resort-style casinos; the House has approved only two.

This program aired on July 1, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

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