Massachusetts: Patrick talks gambling deal for state

Gov. Deval Patrick says he will accept one competitively bid slot parlor if it brings expanded gambling and casinos to the state.

On Thursday, Patrick said he and legislative leaders agree there should be no more than three resort casinos in the state, and he will accept one slot parlor, a sticking point in last year’s debate.

Patrick said he and legislative leaders are discussing details, such as tax rates and regulations, before a full legislative debate in the fall.

Senate Republicans are asking that when a gambling bill is drafted, the Senate wait 10 days to debate so legislators and the public can review it.

Former state Attorney General Scott Harshbarger has also called for a more transparent negotiations.

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