Rendell wants a new deal about Gaming Board

    Governor Rendell is backing Gaming Control Board reforms put forward by a District Attorney from Central Pennsylvania.

    Governor Rendell is backing Gaming Control Board reforms put forward by a District Attorney from Central Pennsylvania.

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    When Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico announced he was dropping perjury charges against casino owner Louis DeNaples, he made a series of suggestions to improve the Gaming Control Board’s operations. Governor Rendell says he supports those reforms, especially a bill making all seven Board members gubernatorial appointees.

    Rendell says the Board’s current makeup is flawed.

    Rendell: This system where the four caucuses and the governor appoint people and any one vote can hold up a license is an incredibly bad structure.

    Rendell says he doubts he’ll make another appointment while in office, so the change wouldn’t give him any more power. Marisco, a Republican, also wants the state police or Attorney General’s office to conduct background searches of potential casino licensees, instead of the Gaming Control Board’s investigative unit.

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