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AG wants to oversee gaming enforcement

1 February 2007

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania – As reported by the Pittsburg Revew-Journal: "Gambling law enforcement needs to be separate from the state Gaming Control Board, the state's top investigator said today.

"Attorney General Tom Corbett told members of the House Republican Policy Committee he needs at least $799,000 to start keeping tabs on the slots industry.

"He recommended the gambling board's Bureau of Investigations and Enforcement be made independent or folded into either the State Police or Attorney General's Office.

"…Freshman Rep. Randy Vulakovich, R-Shaler, started circulating a bill today that would cut the pay for gambling regulators to $64,178, from $145,000. The chairman's salary would drop to $68,810 from $150,000.

"…Under the state's original gambling law, the attorney general had almost no law enforcement role. But under changes made last year, the office has more oversight of slots…"

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