Mass. Commission won’t waive registration

Apr 17, 2018 3:00 AM

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission late last week turned down a request to waive state registration for cleaning jobs on the casino floor at MGM Springfield. The eagerly awaited opening of the nearly $1 billion casino/resort is anticipated in September, barring construction delays.

MGM and community leaders had sought to allow workers with criminal records to work on the casino floor in jobs not directly related to gambling to give the company more staffing flexibility. They said it would also provide more opportunities for people having trouble finding jobs if they have a record.

However, Paul Connelly, who heads the commission’s licensing department, in opposing the request said, “Not to make it too dramatic, but [the] gaming floor from a regulatory perspective is kind of sacrosanct.”

Regulators, by a 3-2 vote, followed Connelly’s recommendation.

The commission had previously allowed about 800 positions away from the gambling floor to be free from the registration requirement.