Patrick vetoes mandated background checks on future gambling panel staff

Provisions added to $72m midyear spending plan

Governor Deval Patrick vetoed Friday portions of a spending bill sent to him this week by the House and Senate requiring the Gaming Commission to conduct full criminal background checks and drug screenings on future employees.

A day after it arrived on his desk, Patrick signed a $72 million midyear spending bill that included additional funding for public assistance for low-income disabled residents, family shelters, legal aid, and youth jobs accounts that were in danger of running out of money before the fiscal year ends on June 30.

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