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Kauffman’s Bill Would Prevent Improper Appointments to the Gaming Control Board

Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin/Cumberland) reintroduced legislation that would prohibit members of the General Assembly from serving on the Gaming Control Board during their time in office and for one year following the end of their term. 

“The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board was established to tightly regulate the gaming industry in the Commonwealth. The PGCB is a place for highly qualified regulators. It was not meant to be a place for former legislators to live large in retirement and further pad their state pensions,” Kauffman said.   

The Race Horse Development and Gaming Act signed into law in 2004 specifically created the seven-member Gaming Control Board with three members appointed by the governor and the remaining four each appointed by the speaker of the House, the minority leader of the House, the president pro tempore of the Senate and the minority leader of the Senate. 

Kauffman’s legislation, House Bill 198, would amend Title 4 (Amusements) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes by adding a subsection that reads in part, “No member of the Senate or House of Representatives shall be eligible for appointment as a member of the board during the term of office for which the person was elected and for a period of 12 months thereafter.” 

“The people of Pennsylvania are tired of the cronyism surrounding some of these PGCB appointments.  This is also about regaining the public’s confidence in state government and doing what is right on behalf of the people of Pennsylvania,” Kauffman said.  “The General Assembly must enact policies that lift the veil of favoritism and impropriety that surrounds the gaming industry.” 

This bill has been referred to the House Gaming Oversight Committee for consideration. 

State Representative Rob Kauffman
89th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact:  Tim Eller  

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