BOSTON (WWLP) - The Massachusetts Gaming Commission says public officials elected in communities hosting a casino will not be allowed to gamble in them.
The Commission is answering a number of policy questions to serve as a guideline for the budding casino industry. They've also decided that public officials will be barred from receiving any complementary services from local casino facilities. Gaming Chairman Stephen Crosby said the Commission's decision was based on public perception.
"To be seen in a casino gambling, getting complementary drinks and so forth, just didn't seem right," Crosby said.
He added that there is also the very real possibility that an elected official could be in trouble financially, which could compromise their ability to deal with casino issues appropriately.
During their weekly public meeting in Boston on Thursday afternoon, the Commission also announced that they plan to complete background checks on the applicants for the state's only slots parlor by the end of May. Under their plan, the sole slots parlor license will be issued before any casino license.