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Casino Law Author Says Springfield Competition Is Surprising

       An author of the law that legalized casinos in Massachusetts says Springfield is in a unique situation with multiple companies competing for development rights.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.

   State Senator Stanley Rosenberg of Amherst acknowledges that no one  involved in drafting the state’s casino law, envisioned there would be  so much interest in Springfield.

   Four national casino operators are proposing projects in Springfield.  The mayor , earlier this week announced a selection process that will culminate with a voter referendum in April  on one or  more projects.  The state gaming commission has the final say on issuing casino licenses. Only one license can be issued in western Massachusetts.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.