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Press Release

For Immediate Release
July 31, 2013

Communications Office

Governor Hassan Announces Appointees to Gaming Regulatory Oversight Authority
Commission Will Make Recommendations on How to Appropriately Regulate Casino Gambling in New Hampshire

CONCORD - To help address concerns expressed by lawmakers about regulatory oversight of one destination casino in New Hampshire, Governor Maggie Hassan today announced that she has appointed State Representative Richard Ames of Jaffrey, Londonderry Police Sergeant Patrick Cheetham, and Manchester Attorney Kathleen Sullivan to serve on the reconstituted Gaming Regulatory Oversight Authority.

The commission, originally created in 2010 and extended through the bipartisan budget signed this year by the Governor, will make recommendations regarding gaming policy, oversight and regulation, along with draft legislation for regulations, by December 15, 2013.

"As our state stands to lose an estimated $75 million per year to Massachusetts casinos, moving forward with New Hampshire's own plan for one highly regulated destination casino will help create jobs, boost our economy, and generate revenue to invest in critical priorities," Governor Hassan said. "Over the course of the debate surrounding expanded gambling, some legislators expressed concerns about the state's ability to effectively regulate a casino. I am confident that Rep. Ames, Sgt. Cheetham, and Kathy Sullivan bring the right combination of expertise and knowledge to help develop effective regulations that will address these concerns, and I thank them for their willingness to serve."

Representative Ames, who will also serve as the authority's chair, is serving his first term representing Cheshire House District 9, which includes the towns of Jaffrey, Dublin, Harrisville and Roxbury. Representative Ames, who served as a member of the Joint House Ways & Means and Finance Committee on SB 152's Subcommittee on Regulations, received his BA from Harvard College and his JD from Harvard Law School.

Sergeant Cheetham, a member of the board of directors of the New Hampshire Police Association (NHPA), is a patrol sergeant who has been with the Londonderry Police Department since 2002, having previously served as both a patrol officer and detective. He is a graduate of Trinity High School in Manchester and received his BA in Criminal Justice from St. Anselm College. He is currently pursuing his MBA from Southern New Hampshire University.

Sullivan serves as managing director of the Wadleigh Starr & Peters in Manchester. She has been named as one of New Hampshire's Top Lawyers by New Hampshire Magazine and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of land use and zoning and real estate law. She currently serves as managing member of the firm. Sullivan obtained her undergraduate degree from the College of the Holy Cross and her law degree from Cornell University.

The Gaming Regulatory Oversight Authority also includes the Attorney General; the Department of Safety Commissioner, or designee; the Lottery Commission Executive Director, or designee; the Director of the Racing and Charitable Gaming Commission, or designee; Senator Jim Rausch, appointed by Senate President Bragdon; and Representative Lucy Weber, appointed by the Speaker Terie Norelli.

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.

The Gaming Regulatory Oversight Authority is scheduled to meet on August 15 at 9 a.m. in the Legislative Office Building in Concord.