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State works on gambling oversight

Patrick, top officials to pick commission

State officials took the first steps yesterday toward creating an independent board with vast regulatory power over casino gambling, pledging that the selection process would be open and rigorous.

The stakes are high. The five-member gambling commission, established under the new law legalizing casinos in Massachusetts, will have broad authority over the industry, from awarding licenses to determining the payouts of slot machines.

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