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Casino Operator Says Massachusetts Criminal Offender Standard For Employment Is Too Strict

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Massachusetts casino regulators are being urged to relax restrictions on people with criminal records getting jobs in the state’s casinos.

       Executives from MGM were joined by corrections officials, criminal justice reform advocates and Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno Thursday in urging the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to not deny jobs that are off the casino floor to people with a felony, theft, or fraud conviction in the last 10 years.

  " You are hearing this from a 'law and order' mayor," said Sarno. " This is not about entitlement, but empowerment."

Lawyers disagree over whether the gaming commission can relax the casino employment standards or if the legislature has to act.


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