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March 18, 2001

BOSTON - In a speech today before members of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, House Speaker Sal DiMasi blasted the governor's plan to legalize casinos in Massachusetts.

DiMasi said "casinos will absolutely cause human damage on a grand scale. We will absolutely have increased bankruptcies, foreclosures, divorce, broken families, increased property crimes, domestic violence and on and on and on."

"After six months of debate on this bill, I believe the evidence is not there, the case has not been made and time is running out," DiMasi said. He promised a vote soon on the issue, which some predict could be as early as Thursday.

This speech was the Speaker's fiercest attack on casinos to date and sets the stage for a key State House hearing on the issue later today.

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