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Attorney General Files Lawsuit Over Appointment to Gambling Board

8 September 2004

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- As reported by the Associated Press: "The state attorney general's office filed a lawsuit Tuesday asking a court to stop the appointment of a Democratic state lawmaker to Pennsylvania's new gambling commission.

"Rep. Jeffrey W. Coy should not have been tapped for the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board because the state constitution prohibits lawmakers from being appointed to paid state government jobs during the terms for which they were elected, Attorney General Jerry Pappert said in the lawsuit, filed in Commonwealth Court.

"...The seven-member state gambling board, whose members earn $145,000 per year, is authorized to grant licenses to operate slot machine parlors, which were legalized this summer by the state Legislature.

"The lawsuit seeks an immediate ouster of Coy and a court order barring him from serving on the board..."

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