After watching part of the broadcast of a Florida Senate Committee investigating the possible re-organization of the state’s feeble attempts at regulating it’s racing and gaming industries, one thing was clear. They are headed towards more “Business As Usual”! They can change the name of the entity and they can change the structure, but until they change to decision makers of a different ilk nothing will change. The most repeated remark heard at this meeting was ”We will check with other states to see how they are doing it.” That can mean only one result. More of the same. Little or no change.
I am also interested, as are others, in how Massachussetts will handle thedevelopment of their newly formed Gaming Commission, appointments and staffing. When racing commissioners, stewards and executive secretaries are to be chosen, the person or persons making those very decisions as to whom will be the newly appointed decision makers should be aware of the following potential pitfalls and be in search of only the most qualified men and women available to fill the position or positions.
Expert decision makers demonstrate a complete lack of bias or even an appearance of conflict of interest. They are extremely knowledgeable in their field of endeavor. They can properly apply law and rule to facts and they can determine fair and just adjudications and penalties.
When racing commissioners, stewards and executive secretaries are appointed without these qualifications a whole host of possible miscarriages of justice becomes pervasive and can cause the process to be seen as an acceptable way of appointing regulators which it is not.