The Gaming Regulatory Oversight Authority, originally created in 2010, was extended in the FY14-15 budget (HB2). (The panel never met because the Executive Council rejected a six-figure contract for the authority to hire its own expert. This revised group still has that $250,000 to spend between now and the end of the year, and the latest state budget lets the State Lottery Commission hire an expert without council approval.)
The commission will make recommendations regarding gaming policy, oversight and regulation, along with draft legislation for regulations, by December 15, 2013.
The commission’s report shall contain recommendations to the General Court for 2014 legislation that would establish one or more entities sufficient to regulate existing or expanded gaming so that, in the event that the legislature acts to move forward with a destination casino, the state will be prepared to regulate these activities in an effective and efficient manner.
- Representative Richard Ames of Jaffrey, appointed by Gov. Hassan; retired lawyer and law professor; served on a special House panel that ultimately voted 23-22 to recommend that the House kill the casino; Commission Chair;
- Londonderry Police Sergeant Patrick Cheetham, appointed by Gov. Hassan; member of the NH Police Association’s board of directors that endorsed the casino bill in 2013.
- Manchester Attorney Kathleen Sullivan; appointed by Gov. Hassan; f0rmer Democratic Party Chairman; a vocal casino advocate.
- Attorney General Joseph Foster
- Department of Safety Commissioner, John Barthlemes, or designee;
- Lottery Commission Executive Director, Charles MacIntyre, or designee;
- Director of the Racing and Charitable Gaming Commission, Paul Kelley, or designee;
- Senator Jim Rausch, appointed by Senate President Bragdon; co-author of the casino bill (SB 152) that died in the House
- Representative Lucy Weber, appointed by the Speaker Terie Norelli; past opponent of casino bills, chairs the House Executive Departments and Administration Committee that deals with all bills on licensing and any structual changes to state agencies.
The panel is made up of six who in the past have endorsed a casino, two in solid opposition and one who has not committed publicly one way or the other.