Patrick To Sign Casino Bills, Other New Laws

Several high-profile bills on Gov. Deval Patrick's desk are expected to be signed into law this week.

Due to be signed Monday are bills toughening penalties for anyone engaged in human trafficking and redrawing the state's congressional districts.

But the bill that's been gaining most of the attention authorizes three casinos and a slot parlor to be built in Massachusetts. It will be signed later in the week.

Patrick said his team has been reviewing the measure, but so far he hasn't seen anything he calls a show-stopper.

"The principles that I have advocated for around the expansion of gaming have been met in the bill," Patrick said.

Late last week, the governor signed a pension reform bill, designed to save the state $5 billion over the next 30 years.

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