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Kauffman wants Coy off of gaming board

January 13, 2007

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - State Rep. Rob Kauffman has written to House Speaker Dennis O'Brien, asking that former state representative Jeff Coy not be reappointed to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

"Mr. Coy was appointed two years ago amid much political scheming that ultimately left the residents of the 89th Legislative District without representation for a portion of Coy's term in office," Kauffman, R-Franklin-Cumberland, said in a statement released Friday. "This is not the type of person who will help move Pennsylvania forward and restore public trust in government."

Coy, a Democrat, served 11 terms representing the 89th District in the state House of Representatives before resigning his seat in September 2004 to accept a seat on the board. Kauffman, a Republican, was elected to the seat in November 2004.

Kauffman's letter to O'Brien raised objections to Coy's initial appointment to a two-year term on the gaming board, saying it violated the state constitution. Kauffman wrote that legislators cannot be appointed to civil offices "during the term in which they were elected even if they resign during the course of that term."

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Kauffman went on to write that Coy's 2004 appointment was withdrawn only after the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office filed a lawsuit to challenge its legality. Coy was later appointed in a "lawful manner" after his legislative term expired, Kauffman wrote.

"Your decision on whether or not to reappoint Jeff Coy to the board that regulates organized gambling in Pennsylvania will be an important litmus test of your willingness to make a politically difficult decision on behalf of reform," Kauffman wrote.

Telephone messages to Coy and Kauffman were not returned Friday.

Coy's two-year appointment to the board is scheduled to expire later this month.

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