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City Council President To Introduce Casino Ethics Ordinance

With a casino coming to Springfield, Massachusetts in a few years, the president of the city council wants to tighten ethics rules for municipal employees.

City Council President Mike Fenton said he’ll introduce an ordinance next year that would impose a waiting period for people who leave the city’s employment to take a job with the MGM Casino.

"We are very excited about this project. It can be a game changer for Springfield and our region, but in order to accomplish that we have to maintain public trust," said Fenton.

Fenton announced Wednesday that he has secured the unanimous support of the 13-member council to be re-elected council president in 2015.  Fenton was 26 when he became the youngest council president in city history and the first ward councilor to lead the legislative body.

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