Anti-casino Group Questions Gaming Commissioner's Impartiality

Dec 16, 2013
Originally published on December 13, 2013 3:18 pm

An anti-casino group wants a Massachusetts gaming commissioner to recuse himself from voting on a casino project in Springfield.

   The chairman of Springfield’s anti-casino group, Citizens Against Casino Gaming says state  gaming commissioner Bruce Stebbins should not vote on whether MGM can proceed with an $800 million casino project in downtown Springfield.   Michael Kogut said Stebbins’ previous position with the city makes it impossible for him to be impartial

   "You've got a commissioner who was a former economic development director who I do not believe can be objective when it comes to economic development in the city of Springfield and MGM Resorts International."

   The gaming commission in a statement said Commissioner Stebbins  has complete confidence in his ability to conduct himself impartially.

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