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Boback Introduces Gaming Reform Legislation

HARRISBURG – Rep. Karen Boback announced today that she has introduced legislation as part of the Gaming Control Board Rehabilitation Package to require the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) to report information about its executive sessions to the governor and General Assembly.

“The Gaming Control Board has exhibited a pattern of regularly calling executive sessions, and my legislation would ensure that the PGCB is appropriately heeding Pennsylvania’s Right to Know and Sunshine acts in those sessions,” said Boback.  “I introduced this bill to protect the public interest, and I am pleased to be a part of the effort to reform the Gaming Control Board.”

Boback’s House Bill 2007 adds language to existing law to require the PGCB to include in its annual reports to the governor and the General Assembly information regarding the number of executive sessions it conducted and the agenda of those sessions. 


Legislation in the Gaming Control Board Rehabilitation Package is largely based on grand jury recommendations released several months ago.
Other legislation in the 14-bill package would:



  • Require annual audits of the PGCB by an independent state agency, such as the auditor general’s office.
  • Prohibit any person from serving as a member of the PGCB if he or she was an applicant for or holder of a Pennsylvania slot machine license.
  • Require the PGCB to post on its website all contracts, including those for legal work.
  • Clarify the role of the Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement (BIE).
  • Prohibit the use of executive session by the board for quasi-judicial deliberations involving slot machine license applications, unless confidential information is involved, with this legislation clarifying the definition of confidential information.
  • Prohibit any PGCB employee from obtaining employment with a gaming entity or any firm associated with gaming for two years.
  • Ban the governor, auditor general, attorney general and state legislators from becoming PGCB members for two years from the end of their term.


Boback’s legislation is awaiting an up-or-down vote of the House Gaming Oversight Committee, which held a public hearing earlier this week to discuss the proposals in the package.


More information about Boback and her legislative priorities is available at or

State Representative Karen Boback
117th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Nicole Wamsley

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