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House Speaker DeLeo praises MA gaming process

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Two Western Mass casino proposals have been eliminated from the casino race.

But state lawmakers who helped draft that legislation say the bill is working.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo, who helped craft the state gaming laws, spoke at the yearly meeting of the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau Thursday night.

"I made it very, very clear that if people don't want a casino, then they're not going to get it," DeLeo said. 

Voters in West Springfield and Palmer have gone to the polls and voted no on casino proposals in their towns, leaving just one Western Mass proposal left - MGM in Springfield.

"From what I hear, what I see, what I read, it appears as though they're the major game in town right now," DeLeo said. 

Officials with the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau say a casino in town would be good news for their bottom line.

"The more people come to Western Massachusetts and the Pioneer Valley, the more popular our restaurants and our hoteliers are, our attractions get busy," said Chairman of the GSCVB Michael Hurwitz. 

MGM must still pass a background check done by the state gaming commission on their business practices, another checkpoint DeLeo supports.

"I think the process is working the way we intended it to work," DeLeo said. 

Mohegan Sun in Palmer is still banking on a recount in that town.

Their proposal was defeated by 93 votes.

On Nov. 26, the town will be conducting a recount.

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