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Gaming Commission head picked

January 13, 1998

Gaming Commission head picked

By STEVEN T. DENNIS

Staff Writer

Members of the Washington County Gaming Commission have named Fred R. Rohrer chairman of the panel.

Rohrer, appointed to the Gaming Commission by the Washington County legislative delegation and a member of several clubs that engage in tip jar gambling, said he would continue to push the commission's legislative agenda, which includes elimination of a sunset provision.

Rohrer replaces Sue Tuckwell, who resigned on Jan. 6 to run for a Washington County Commissioners seat.

Clarence W. Scheer resigned from the Gaming Commission Wednesday, but declined to comment on his reasons. Scheer also is chairman of the Water and Sewer Advisory Commission.

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The Gaming Commission distributes money raised from tip jar gambling to fire companies and charities in the county. The board will next distribute funds Monday afternoon.

Rohrer said he's looking forward to assuming the chairman's job and will try to run the meetings as fairly as possible.

"Every commissioner will have as much say as I have," said Rohrer, who added that he would vote only to break ties.

A legislative proposal by the Gaming Commission calls for clubs to turn over 15 percent of gross profits in cash, instead of a combination of cash and in-kind contributions adding up to 20 percent.

Rohrer said getting rid of in-kind contributions would eliminate a lot of paperwork for the clubs and the Gaming Commission.

Rohrer said he felt the law was fair to the clubs.

"I think they're justly treated but they don't seem to think so," he said.

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