The Massachusetts House of Representatives has voted to keep a bill that would require all employees of the state’s Gaming Commission to be subject to full criminal background checks and drug screenings, according to the Boston Globe.
In a rare move, State representatives voted unanimously Wednesday to override to Gov. Deval Patrick’s veto on the measure. “We felt the Gaming Commission should be able to withstand rigorous scrutiny and sort of disagree with the governor that you should pick and choose who should be scrutinized,” House Majority Leader Ronald Mariano (D-Quincy) told the Herald. “We wanted everyone to go through the process.”
The proposed requirement comes in response to the controversy that arose when the commission moved to promote then Interim Executive Director Stan McGee. The executive had been accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy in the steam room of a Florida resort in 2007. A public outcry forced him to pull his name from consideration.
Patrick said he vetoed the measure because it wasn’t necessary since as the commission already has power to conduct background checks and drug screenings. But state reps from both parties vehemently disagreed.
“It’s unanimous,” said House Ways and Means Chairman Brian Dempsey (D-Haverhill). “Obviously I think members feel it’s important.”
Patrick, through a spokeswoman, had no immediate reaction.