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Kauffman’s Bill to Limit Appointees to Gaming Control Board Clears House Committee

Legislation that would limit the appointment of members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly or an executive-level public employee to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) cleared the House Gaming Oversight Committee today unanimously, said Rep. Rob Kauffman (Franklin/Cumberland), prime sponsor of the measure. 

“The Gaming Control Board was not created for elected officials to reward their colleagues or staff,” Kauffman said, noting that several past appointees were politically connected to those making the appointment. “This board was meant to oversee the gaming industry in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with a PGCB made up of highly qualified regulators.” 

Specifically, House Bill 391 would create a freestanding act known as the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Membership Act.  It would restrict members of the state Senate or the state House of Representatives, or executive-level public employees from serving on the PGCB during their term in office or employment and for a period of one year thereafter. 

Executive-level employees would include deputy secretaries of the Commonwealth, members of the governor’s executive staff, employees of the executive branch, county or municipal governments, departments, agencies, boards or other governmental bodies whose duties substantially involve licensing or enforcement and who has discretionary power which may affect or influence an action or decision, or who is involved in the development of regulations or policies relating to a licensed gaming entity. 

This proposal is similar to a recent bill, House Bill 198, also introduced by Kauffman, which would limit lawmakers from serving on the PGCB; however, House Bill 391 goes further by preventing executive-level employees from serving on the board. 

“With over 12 million Pennsylvanians, there are highly capable private citizens from every corner of Pennsylvania who are more than qualified to sit on the Gaming Control Board,” Kauffman said.  “My goal is to restore integrity to state government and regain the trust of the people of Pennsylvania.” 

House Bill 391 now heads for the House floor for consideration. 

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

Contact:  Tim Eller

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