PA Gaming Board Holds First Meetings December 14 & 15
HARRISBURG: The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, charged by statute with overseeing the implementation of expanded gaming in the Commonwealth, held its first meetings on Dec. 14 and Dec. 15 in the State Museum in Harrisburg.
The board unanimously:
• Adopted the state’s Ethics Act as its initial code of conduct to ensure that it does business according to the highest ethical standards and recognized a possible need for future amendments to strengthen the code.
• Authorized Chairman Thomas A. Decker to negotiate contracts with two nationally recognized executive search firms to identify candidates for Executive Director, Director of the Bureau of Investigations and Enforcement and Chief Counsel. Diversified Search Inc., with offices across Pennsylvania, will head the search for an Executive Director and a Director of the Bureau of Investigations and Enforcement, while Coleman Legal Search LLC, based in Philadelphia, will identify candidates for Chief Counsel.
• Agreed to conduct public meetings pursuant to the state’s Sunshine Act.
• Agreed to enter an interagency agreement with the state Department of Revenue for interim executive, legal and administrative services.
• Authorized Chairman Decker to seek an emergency procurement to contract for office space for the Board.
• Adopted the Commonwealth’s work hours, holidays and leave policies to facilitate the efficient start-up of the Board.
• Authorized the Pennsylvania State Police to conduct background checks on potential Board employees, and on potential gaming machine manufacturers and gaming machine suppliers.
• Authorized Chairman Decker to negotiate a contract with Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP, an internationally recognized consulting firm with extensive experience in the gaming industry, for consulting services related to policy and staffing issues.
• Adopted an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action plan, with the acknowledgement that it is a work in progress that will be added to in the future.
• Prohibited proxy and surrogate voting by members at its public meetings while permitting telephone or videoconference participation by members at the Chairman’s discretion.