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Kauffman Says Gaming Reform Bill Would End Practice of Former PGCB Members and Employees Gaining Employment with Casinos
6/24/2009
Provisions of a House bill authored by Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Cumberland/Franklin) are included in gaming reform legislation under consideration in the state Senate; however, he said Senate Bill 711 still doesn’t go far enough in fixing the state’s gaming law and improving transparency in the industry.
 
“I'm pleased that Senate Bill 711 includes the provisions of House Bill 814, which I authored,” said Kauffman, a member of the House Gaming Oversight Committee. “House Bill 814 would end the revolving door at the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board for lawyers and top staff by restricting casinos or other licensed entities from hiring or engaging former board members or employees. However, more still needs to be done than is contained in Senate Bill 711 to adequately correct the poorly written bill that became the state’s gaming law in 2004.”
 
Senate Bill 711 would reinstate a ban on political contributions by gaming interests, establish rules for the appointment and removal of Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) members and conditions of their employment. It would tighten restrictions on those who do business with the PGCB, extend gaming license renewals from one year to three years, and place a lifetime ban on new applicants with felony convictions; and a 15-year ban for all others. Senate Bill 711 also would require license applicants to provide full disclosure of all arrests and criminal conviction records, regardless of outcome.
 
Kauffman said following a grand jury investigation led by Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico, it was expressed to the governor as well as House and Senate leaders, problems that needed to be corrected within the current law. 
 
Rendell acknowledged that the state’s gaming law is flawed and said this spring he agreed with the suggested changes by the district attorney.
 
Due to these and other concerns, Kauffman said House Republican members are planning to amend Senate Bill 711 to include the following provisions: 
  • Prohibit convicted felons from holding a position in the state’s gaming industry.
  • Place authority to enforce Pennsylvania’s gaming laws in the hands of the Pennsylvania State Police or attorney general.
  • Establish a more formal means of taking testimony from license applicants.
  • Increase transparency by opening the license application process to the public.
  • Authorize the governor to appoint PGCB members with Senate input and approval. 
“New legislation has just been introduced to add table games to the state’s casinos, and even though I am against gaming, the reality is that this legislation could very well elicit enough votes for final passage,” said Kauffman. “That being said, it is imperative that we fix the problems that already exist in the gaming industry before any expansion occurs.”
 
Kauffman said Senate Bill 711 is expected to be considered in the House this week or next – after anticipated passage by the full Senate.
 
Rep. Rob Kauffman
89th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
(717) 705-2004
(717) 264-3943
Member Site: RepKauffman.com
Contact: Tricia G. Lehman
(717) 772-9840
Caucus Site: PAHouseGOP.com