MARSHFIELD, Mass. (AP) – State Senator Steven Tolman, the new leader of the state AFL-CIO, says he will resign his legislative seat after the Senate votes on the casino gambling bill.

The Boston Democrat says the bill is important for jobs and the state’s economy, and he wants to have the chance to vote for it. The vote is expected next week.

Tolman was elected president of Massachusetts AFL-CIO on Wednesday. The labor group represents about 400,000 workers.

A special election will be held to fill Tolman’s legislative seat once he steps down. Tolman is in his seventh term in the Senate after serving two years in the House.

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Comments (2)
  1. The Truth says:

    I wonder…if…he’ll…vote….yes……hmmmmmmm….union jobs building the casinos….hmmm….tough call there

  2. jaygee says:

    Let me guess, he votes yes and then when the casinos are all built by the year 2030, he gets a nice job at the one casino that’s closest to his home. Of course, there will already be a dozen supporters & family members already working there.

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