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Kauffman Amendment Will Restrict Appointments of Legislators to Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board

With the passage of legislation to legalize table games and reform gambling across the state imminent, Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Cumberland/Franklin) has succeeded in amending the legislation to restrict the appointment of state legislators to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board for a period of one year after leaving the position of a state legislator.

"Being a state legislator does not qualify a person for appointment to a board that oversees a multi-billion dollar industry with a history of criminal ties," said Kauffman. "I am appalled that this practice of high-paying political appointments of current and past legislators to positions such as the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is still taking place."

Kauffman was inspired to draft this legislation following the appointment of former state Rep. Jeff Coy to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board after having resigned early from his position as a state representative in 2002 and leaving his constituents with no representation for several months.

The amendment would not allow any member of the state Senate or House of Representatives to be eligible for appointment as a member of the Pennsylvania State Gaming Control Board during the term of office for which the person was elected and for a period of one year thereafter.

"Although I am opposed to passage of legislation to legalize table games in Pennsylvania, I am pleased that my amendment was passed during consideration of the legislation," said Kauffman.

Kauffman noted that the House adopted various amendments to Senate Bill 711, including an amendment by Rep. Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny), which would reduce the salary of Gaming Control Board members to $68,284.

Senate Bill 711 is scheduled for final passage in the state House on Tuesday.

Rep. Rob Kauffman
89th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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