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Execs expected at Massachusetts hearing

7 December 2007

BOSTON, Massachusetts -- As reported by the Massachusetts South Coast: "Casino executives from the across the country are expected to converge on the Statehouse Dec. 18, when a legislative committee will hold the first major hearing on Gov. Deval Patrick's proposal to license three casinos.

"The Legislature's Bonding Committee is inviting a number of gambling bigwigs, from Donald Trump to Harrah's CEO Gary Loveman to casino developer Richard Fields, who controls Suffolk Downs.

"Others on the early invitation list include Gov. Deval Patrick's administration, district attorneys, major state unions who favor casinos, track owners and the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which has been skeptical of Patrick's casino numbers.

"...The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe had no plans to testify at the hearing, though the tribe will submit information to the committee, said a spokesman, Scott Ferson.

"The tribe is seeking to build an Indian casino in Middleboro, but has not ruled out bidding for a private casino license..."

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