Scarnati Appoints Reitzel to Gaming Control Board

(HARRISBURG) – Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati issued the following statement regarding the appointment of Merritt C. Reitzel to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

“I am pleased to announce that Merritt Reitzel has been named as Commissioner to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB).  Merritt will bring good perspective and judgment to the Commission, as the gaming industry in our Commonwealth continues to evolve.”

“Merritt has gained my confidence over the past several years serving as my appointment to the Legislative Audit Advisory Commission (LAAC) in an honorable, diligent manner.  In addition to her work with the LAAC, she has served as my representation in private legal matters, as well as representing the Senate in Precision Marketing litigation, securing a very important court decision pertaining to sovereign immunity.  Her extensive experience within both Pennsylvania’s judicial system and private practice law will be an outstanding asset to the PGCB.”

“In an effort to maintain full transparency, Merritt Reitzel’s sister, Megan Crompton, is currently registered with the Department of State as representing gaming clients.  Ms. Crompton will formally withdraw from representation of those clients prior to Ms. Reitzel being sworn-in as Commissioner, to ensure no appearance of conflict.

“It is required that prior to swearing-in, all PGCB Commissioners are vetted through a State Police background check.  Following completion of the background check, we anticipate that Merritt Reitzel will begin to serve as PGCB Commissioner later this summer.

“Merritt completed her undergraduate education at the University of Pittsburgh and graduated from Dickinson School of Law.  She served as a law clerk for Justice Eakin and is currently employed by the law firm of Schiffman, Sheridan and Brown, P.C.”

CONTACT: Kate Eckhart keckhart@pasen.gov 717-787-7084