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California Governor Jerry Brown announced two new appointees to the state’s Gambling Control Commission. Brown recommended that Tiffany Conklin and Lauren Hammond serve on the board. They will each receive an annual salary of $131,952 if they serve with the GCC.

The Senate will need to approve both appointments. However, that appears to be a formality, because both women have served on the commission since 2010.

Conklin and Hammond both have the credentials needed to perform their responsibilities. Conklin has a master’s degree in gaming law in addition to her law degree from McGeorge School of Law. She also served as the chief of staff to Tom Harman during his terms with both the State Assembly and Senate. Hammond is the head of her own firm since 1994, as well as working for the Sacramento Area Council of Governments.

The California Gambling Control Commission may face a number of changes in the near future. Two lawmakers introduced online poker bills AB 2291 & SB 1366 a couple of weeks ago.

The state government will need input from the leaders of the GCC before voting on the two bills. The GCC would be responsible for creating all necessary online gambling regulations if either bill is passed. Hammong and Conklin have considerable experience with gambling legislation and have close connections with the state’s tribes and card rooms. Their understanding of the legalities and political implications with online gambling qualify them for their roles.

Governor Brown believes that both Conklin and Hammond will be great additions to the state gambling commission. He recommends that the State Senate approve their appointments.