Former St. Joseph State Representative Pat Conway has a new public service role.
Conway, a Democrat who wasn’t able to run for reelection last year because of term limits, has been appointed by Republican Gov. Mike Parson to serve on the Missouri Gaming Commission.
“I think this will be good experience and give a venue that we can talk about the issues that affect the community,” Conway said in an interview with News-Press NOW. “Hopefully, I can still play a role in doing something good with the gaming institutions here in Northwest Missouri.”
Conway is one of five members of the commission, which regulates gaming throughout the state. It’s tasked with regulating charity gaming, riverboat casinos as well as the relatively new arena of fantasy sports betting.
“I was still in the House when we approved legislation that allowed fantasy sports,” Conway said. “In the future there is going to be other gaming issues, both in person and online.”
Conway said he wasn’t expecting to be appointed to the commission, but he hopes St. Joseph’s riverfront casino had an impact on Parson’s selection.
“I hope that was one of the reasons the governor selected me,” Conway said. “To have someone who is in a small-market area casino to see how the rules, regulations and enforcement affect the small markets as well as the big ones like St. Louis and Kansas City.”
Unlike some state commissions, members of the Gaming Commission aren’t given a salary. They are, however, provided certain expenses for their time and travel.
The appointment is pending Senate approval, but Conway said he already has been introduced to the practices of the commission.