Anti-casino activists are calling on the state's top lawmakers and executives from the three casino companies that have won state gambling licenses to a political debate.

The Repeal the Casino Deal group proposed on Wednesday a series of ``independent, media-sponsored'' debates between now and the Nov. 4 election, when voters will decide on a ballot question to repeal the state's casino law.

John Ribeiro, the campaign's chairman, says he would present the case for repealing the law.

The challenge came hours after Wynn and state gambling regulators finalized a license for a $1.6 billion casino outside Boston.

On Wednesday afternoon, backers of casinos agreed to debate.  The Committee To Protect Jobs funded by MGM Resorts and Penn National Gaming said "theyre committed to participating in a vigerous debate on the question."