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Mass. Gov. Patrick "close" to naming casino chief

December 12, 2011
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BOSTON—Gov. Deval Patrick is getting close to naming a chairman of a new state gambling commission designed to oversee the state's new casino law.

Asked by reporters Monday how near he was to naming a chairman, Patrick said "close" but declined to narrow the time frame.

Patrick said he was looking for someone with a "reputation for integrity" to lead the five-member Massachusetts Gaming Commission. No members have been selected yet.

The panel has sweeping powers to decide which companies will win the three coveted casino licenses and the single slots parlor license authorized by the new law.

The commission will also regulate and oversee the gambling facilities.

When Patrick signed the law on Nov. 22 he said hoped to reveal his pick in a couple of weeks after some "crash vetting."

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