Day’s Gaming Reform Bill Heads to State Senate
HARRISBURG – Legislation that would further prevent executive-level employees in Pennsylvania state government from using their positions to immediately land a job at a gaming entity in the Commonwealth passed the state House of Representatives today, said Rep. Gary Day (R-Berks/Lehigh), sponsor of the proposal.
“To ensure the integrity of the state’s gaming facilities and to make sure an individual doesn’t use his or her employment in state government to land a job immediately after leaving the state’s employ, this legislation imposes a waiting period of two years,” Day said. “This length of time would help clear up any perceptions of impropriety that may or may not exist with the new employment.”
Current law states that executive-level employees must wait at least one year before being employed by a gaming entity. Day’s legislation, House Bill 2012, extends that waiting period for two years and reflects a recommendation made earlier this year by a statewide investigating grand jury that there be a longer waiting period.
House Bill 2012 applies to any member or employee of the Gaming Control Board, the governor, auditor general, attorney general and/or state legislator and prohibits them from accepting employment with a gaming entity or a firm that represents such an entity. The bill also prohibits these individuals from holding a slot machine license for two years following their separation from the Commonwealth.
The grand jury report was released after an extensive grand jury investigation involving the members, staff, former staff and many others involved with the process at the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. The report focused on deficiencies within the board and addressed the issuance of gaming licenses in the Commonwealth. In total, 21 recommendations were made.
“We want our gaming industry to succeed, but that success depends on making sure the industry is operated with the highest possible standards,” Day said. “After all, that success translates into jobs and economic development, as well as into relief for property taxpayers.”
The legislation now goes to the Senate for consideration.
State Representative Gary Day
187th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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