BOSTON (CBS) – There is new life for casino gambling in Massachusetts.

The House Speaker told WBZ-TV’s Jon Keller now it’s more important than ever.

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Speaker Bob DeLeo thinks gaming is a better answer to the state’s money problems than some of Governor Patrick’s ideas.

He openly challenged the governor Thursday to what may be one of the year’s biggest policy battles.

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“I’m willing to sit down and talk to him about it, although I have not changed my position on slots,” DeLeo told Keller.

Watch Jon Keller’s report

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