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PA Gaming Board To Turn a Blind Eye?

In Culture of Corruption, Economic Justice, Laws & Regulation on September 20, 2006 at 12:29 pm

This is a frickin mess, and bound to be good for Pennsylvania:

The chairman of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board appeared before House and Senate panels this week to answer questions about gambling operations and to comment on upcoming legislative fixes to the state’s 2-year-old gambling law.

House lawmakers, in particular, wanted to know about the board’s decision last spring to stop using the Pennsylvania State Police to do background investigations to screen gaming agency employees. The board is farming the work out to an independent contractor.

Gaming board Chairman Tad Decker told the House Republican Policy Committee the board stopped using the state police to investigate gaming agency employees because they were taking four to five months to complete the work, while an independent contractor takes three to four weeks.

“We realize the state police couldn’t be doing everything,” he said. “But as far as criminal investigations, the state police are the premier group to do it because of their ability to connect with law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania and other states and internationally as well.”

[…]

Rosenberry isn’t the first agency hire to come under criminal scrutiny.

In January, press aide Kevin Eckenrode was charged with dropping his girlfriend out of his Harrisburg apartment window and down 23 floors to her death. Shortly afterward, board member William Conaboy, who recommended Eckenrode for the post, resigned.

Two of the board’s lawyers have also been arrested in drunken brawls.

So the board members can’t even stay off death row, and they’re in charge of picking who does the background checks? Time for PA’s politically connected Tony Sopranos to open up background checking companies.

(Personal note: I need to repeat something here to be sure it’s not lost, “In January, press aide Kevin Eckenrode was charged with dropping his girlfriend out of his Harrisburg apartment window and down 23 floors to her death… Two of the board’s lawyers have also been arrested in drunken brawls.”)

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