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Gaming Critics Push For Analysis Of Mass. Casinos

At least two Massachusetts lawmakers are calling for an analysis of expanding gaming in the state.

Somerville Democrat Rep. Denise Provost has filed an amendment to the gaming bill requiring the state to perform a cost-benefit analysis of building three casinos and one slot parlor. Watertown Democrat Rep. Jonathan Hecht has signed on to the amendment.

The provision prohibits the state from issuing gaming licenses until it analyzes a number of factors, including expected tax revenue, job creation and the cost of treatment for gambling addiction and other social issues.

Gaming opponents say an independent cost analysis is needed to ensure potential economic gains are not exaggerated and possible social and economic problems in host communities are not ignored.

The House is set to debate the bill this week.

This program aired on September 12, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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