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"A nod to Class III gaming, as slots are classified, is the first of several required steps outlined in the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, which gives a federally recognized American Indian tribe the right to open a casino.
"And with one recognized tribe already in Massachusetts -- and possibly more in the pipeline -- approving slots is essentially a green light for casinos.
" But with another slots vote scheduled in the House for April 5 -- and with many gambling supporters claiming to have the majority this time -- the possibility of an Indian tribe pursuing a casino could be more real than ever. Last October, the Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill that would grant licenses for up to 8,000 slot machines in the state.
"Rep. Charlie Murphy, D-Burlington, who opposes legalizing slots, said most lawmakers realize a vote in favor on April 5 opens the door to casinos "