CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- A former Pennsylvania gambling regulator on Thursday advised a New Hampshire panel charged with recommending rules for future casinos that the best way to regulate them is with a stand-alone, independent authority.
Kenneth McCabe, who also is a retired FBI regional director, told the New Hampshire Gaming Regulatory Oversight Authority that he was appointed to the Pennsylvania board when it was created after a bill legalizing gambling passed in 2004. McCabe said legislative leaders from both parties appointed four members and the governor appointed three.
"We really didn't answer to anyone. We answered to the people of Pennsylvania," he said.
The Pennsylvania law requires the four legislative appointees and one of the governor's appointees to agree on decisions, which effectively gives them veto power, he said. He said that forces people from different backgrounds to work together though he wasn't sure he would recommend that New Hampshire grant its regulatory board such broad power.
McCabe said his experience with gambling when he took the job on the control board was from FBI investigations into organized crime.
"I came in with a jaundiced eye," he said.
He found that the gambling industry wants to be regulated to protect its investment just like other businesses. He said he also found that regardless of how honest or diligent the control board was in awarding gambling licenses people criticized them.