(AP) – Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has signed into law a bill to study the feasibility of the state hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics.
The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Eileen Donoghue, would create a nine-member commission to analyze all aspects of hosting the games, including infrastructure, transportation, security, lodging, locations, costs, and job creation.
The Lowell Democrat has said hosting the Olympics would also give the state “an amplified international profile” that could boost tourism.
The Senate and House both approved the bill before sending it to Patrick, who signed it Thursday.
The bill calls on the commission to complete its report by March 2014.
The United States Olympic Committee hopes to have a short list of potential host cities by the end of this year and will decide which city to recommend in 2014.