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Casino bill to be debated in September

July 14, 2011

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The House and Senate will debate casino gambling legislation after Labor Day, according to a statement released yesterday by House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray. DeLeo had previously said he wanted to take up the issue this month. But DeLeo and Murray said in their statement that moving the debate to September will “allow for public analysis and a full debate.’’ For weeks, Murray, DeLeo and Governor Deval Patrick have been discussing the legislation behind closed doors, in hope of reaching agreement. Casino legislation has failed several times in recent years, despite widespread support on Beacon Hill.