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MGM has final meetings with gaming commission

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After one more meeting with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission Thursday morning, it appears there is not a lot to stop MGM Springfield from being awarded the state's first casino license.

There is little doubt left as to what will happen Friday morning. The commission held hearings in Springfield over the last two days to present their findings on five different aspects of the MGM proposal.

MGM officials agreed to six provisions laid out by the panel, and commissioners are set to return to Springfield Friday to make it official.

The commission met back in Boston Thursday with plans to hold more discussions, but none were needed, as the members praised the plan.

"It's an exciting step for us. It's been a long haul. We've had our ups and downs. The legislature and governor had something in mind when they designed this legislation, and I think this proposal captures it as well as it could possibly be captured. So, well done to you and Springfield and Mayor Sarno," said Massachusetts Gaming Commissioner Steven Crosby.

Though the vote will occur Friday, anti-casino groups have been calling for a casino repeal to be placed on the November ballot.

The award won't become official until the state's Supreme Court rules against that ballot repeal question, or if that repeal is shot down at the polls.

In a statement issued to CBS 3, Steve Abdow leader of western Massachusetts repeal said "we're seeing first hand that the more people learn about casinos, the more they realize that Springfield and our entire commonwealth can do better."

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