Bill Signings Come Fast And Furious On Beacon Hill

By Sarah Birnbaum

Nov. 21, 2011

BOSTON — Governor Deval Patrick will make Massachusetts history this week when he signs the casino bill into law. It authorizes one slot parlor anywhere in the state, and three Las Vegas–style resort casinos. It’s unclear where exactly the casinos will be located, but the bill says one has to go in the Boston area, one in Southeastern Massachusetts and one in Western Massachusetts. The weeks after Thanksgiving will likely see a mad scramble for the licenses. The toughest fight will probably be out west, where there's competition to build casinos in Springfield, Palmer and Holyoke.
The governor is signing other bills this week, including a new Congressional redistricting map and a human trafficking law that imposes life sentences for people who force children into the sex trade. Check out reporter Phillip Martin's series on human trafficking in Massachusetts.
Also this week, questions continue to swirl around Lt. Gov. Tim Murray’s relationship to the ousted head of the Chelsea Housing Authority, Michael McLaughlin. According to the Boston Globe, Murray and McLaughlin called each other more than 80 times over the last seven months. The housing chief was forced to resign earlier this month after reports emerged that he told the state he was earning $160,000 a year when in fact he was earning $360,000 a year.

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