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Board Waits for Court

26 April 2005

Las Vegas Sun

Pennsylvania's new gaming board is on the verge of hiring a top administrator, but it all depends on the state Supreme Court upholding the nine-month-old slot-machine gambling law, the agency's chairman said Monday.

The state Supreme Court heard arguments more than six weeks ago on a legal challenge filed by gambling foes and good-government advocates. In the meantime, the agency's board has narrowed its search for an executive director to two out-of-state candidates, Tad Decker told a Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon.

The delay has presented yet another hurdle for Decker, a career private-practice attorney who has consistently complained about the slow pace of government since Gov. Ed Rendell appointed him to chair the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

Candidates are not willing to leave their jobs to work at an agency that a Supreme Court decision could wipe out, Decker said.

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