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By Colin A. Young

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, OCT. 11, 2017.....People with criminal records could find it easier to get a job at one of the casinos being built in Massachusetts if a provision adopted Wednesday by the House is also agreed to by the Senate.

At the request of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, the House included in a $123 million spending bill that will close the books on fiscal year 2017 an outside section giving the commission the discretion to exempt certain gaming service employees by job position from the requirement that all workers register with the commission's investigations and enforcement bureau.

"Currently all gaming service employees are automatically disqualified from service if they have a CORI," House Ways and Means Chairman Jeffrey Sanchez said, referring to criminal offender record information. "This change was necessary because both MGM Casino in Springfield and Wynn Boston Harbor in Everett are currently beginning their hiring processes and current restrictions could impact their ability to be adequately staffed and to fulfill our statutory goal to encourage casino employment of the unemployed, under-employed and also the hard-to-employ."

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